History of US: An Age of Extremes 1880-1917
Grades: 3 - 10
Storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series, A History of US. With their riveting, thought-provoking narrative, the books have been recognized as a break-through tool in teaching history & critical reading skills to young people.
For the captains of industry men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, and Henry Ford the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions. The disparity between the rich and the poor was dismaying, which prompted some people to action. In An Age of Extremes, you'll meet Mother Jones, Ida Tarbell, Big Bill Haywood, Sam Gompers, and other movers and shakers, and get swept up in the enthusiasm of Teddy Roosevelt. You'll also watch the United States take its greatest role on the world stage since the Revolution, as it enters the bloody battlefields of Europe in World War I.
Guided reading levels: W-X. Lexile levels: 820-940L.
Paperback, 224 pages.