History of US

February 10, 2011
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History of US, 3rd edition

Content: History
Grade(s): 4th – 9th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time:
Teacher Manual: Available
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $ || ? (each volume)
Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: www.joyhakim.com
Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017

Common Core Aligned: Yes

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

A History of US contains none of the intimidation that comes with behemoth texts. It tells the tale of America in 10 user-friendly small, illustrated books. (An 11th source book, with original documents, is also available.) Whether it’s standing on the podium in Seneca Falls with the Suffragettes or riding on the first subway car beneath New York City in 1907, the books in Joy Hakim’s A History of Us series weave together exciting stories that bring American history to life.

This 10-book series includes:

  • First Americans: Prehistory-1600
  • Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740
  • From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791
  • The New Nation: 1789-1850
  • Liberty for All?: 1820-1860
  • War, Terrible War: 1855-1865
  • Reconstructing America: 1865-1890
  • An Age of Extremes: 1889-1917
  • War, Peace, and All That Jazz: 1918-1945
  • All the People: Since 1945


Teaching materials to accompany A History of US are available from Oxford University Press, as well as from the teacher/educator team at Johns Hopkins University (on Amazon).

About the Author:
Joy Hakim earned a bachelor’s degree in government at Smith College, before getting a master’s degree and, later, an honorary doctorate from Goucher College. She taught in Syracuse, New York, Omaha, Nebraska, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. And I’ve taught in elementary school, middle school, high school, and in a community college. Hakim then became a newspaperwoman for The Ledger-Star in Norfolk, VA, a business writer and editorial writer for the The Virginian-Pilot, as well as, a freelancer for a number of publications including the The Wall Street Journal. I was also assistant editor of McGraw-Hill’s World News in New York City.

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One Comment

  • Regena February 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I own this series and used it with my older son for eighth grade, modern history studies, which were heavily focused on America. I will be utilizing it more heavily again, next year, with my younger son as he completes eighth grade. I don’t believe in reading history from any one, single author, so this comprises only a part of our history reading, but I do find that the short, heavily illustrated chapters hold interest pretty well. Hakim does have more of a liberal bent on some issues than I do, but she’s certainly not as liberal as some writers of history texts used in schools these days.

    There are tests and teacher guides, etc. available to go along with this series, as well.

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