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Go West, Young Crab
How did the Oregon Trail help make butter for the settlers pushing west? Why didn’t the man who started the started the gold rush in California get rich? Are Chinese workers successful when they go on strike to get more money for building the Transcontinental Railroad? And what happens when George Custer counts 800 Sioux warriors and ends up facing 3,500? This rollicking, colorful graphic novel will excite reluctant readers, prepare students for standardized tests in history and help homeschooling parents!
The Oregon Trail covers the following subjects:
Where did the Oregon Trail start?
Chapter 2: Gold Rush Hour
Rumors of gold pull Spanish explorers to the American Southwest in the 1500s. They find little that glitters except the dry sand. Mexico frees this land from Spanish control but then loses it to the United States in 1848 after the quick Mexican War. Could Americans finally find gold dust among this dusty landscape?
Gold Rush Hour covers the following topics:
When was California’s Gold Rush?
Chapter 3: Transcontinental Rails
The Gold Rush of 1849 is named that because people seem to move faster than ever before. Everyone sees how speed can make a difference in fortunes won and lost. California businessmen know that horses and ships cannot compete with a new kind of transportation: the “iron horse!” The steam locomotive could connect California to the eastern United States, if only the rails can climb the Rocky Mountains . . .
Transcontinental Rails covers the following subjects:
Who sold tools to the gold-diggers?
Chapter 4: The Battle Of Little Bighorn
American settlers now spread across the West. They kill the bison herds. They fence the wide prairie into smaller and smaller pieces. The pockets of land left to the American Indians grow smaller and smaller. When gold is found in the Indians’ Dakota reservation, an Army officer named George Custer decides to cross the line. And the first Americans decide they have one last chance to fight back . . .
The Battle of Little Bighorn covers the following topics:
How did the Plains Indians live?
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