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American Symbols

Which words were added to the Pledge of Allegiance decades after it was written?

What color was the White House before it was burned?

How did American students help pay for the Statue of Liberty?

You’ll learn about these and other famous American icons in this funny, colorful graphic novel that will excite reluctant readers, prepare students for standardized history tests and help home-schooling parents!

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Comic sample page #1: Who was America’s Uncle Sam?
Comic sample page #2: Who sewed the stars and stripes?
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Chapter 1: Red, White, and You

The United States is a country that includes people from many other places. What keeps those people together? When their own traditions and cultures are so different, how can they share the American experience? They do it by sharing American symbols. Chester explains how we got our patriotic pictures!

Red, White, and You includes the following topics:

  • Why is the Liberty Bell a U.S. symbol?
  • Who was America’s 1st “Uncle Sam?”
  • Who finished Washington’s monument?
  • Who is carved on Mount Rushmore?
  • Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?

Chapter 2: The Star-Spangled Banner

The most-often seen symbol of the United States is our flag. Its stars and stripes represent all Americans. The many changes our flag has been through also remind us of all the changes our nation has been through…

Star-Spangled Banner includes the following topics:

  • What was the first American flag?
  • Who sewed the stars and stripes?
  • How did we get the stars and stripes?
  • Who wrote the flag’s theme song?
  • When did the flag get too long?

Chapter 3: Washington, D.C. Symbols

Many of our nation’s most important symbols are in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. This city between Virginia and Maryland is where the national government meets. Government leaders work in Washington only because we choose for them to represent us. The White House and the Capitol do not belong to the people who work in them. They belong to all of us!

Washington, D.C. Symbols includes the following topics:

  • Why did America need a Federal city?
  • Who mapped out Washington, D.C.?
  • Why is the White House white?
  • Where is the Capitol in the capital?
  • How tall is Washington’s monument?

Chapter 4: The Statue of Liberty

One of America’s most famous symbols did not come from America! Many nations are inspired by America’s revolution for freedom. One such nation is France, where an artist decides to make a giant statue to show America’s connection to the world. He needs to pick a symbol. But what??

The Statue of Liberty includes the following topics:

  • Did France help America find liberty?
  • Whose idea was the Statue of Liberty?
  • How did France make Liberty?
  • How did Liberty get to America?
  • What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?
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