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The Abraham Lincoln You Never Knew

by James Lincoln Collier

A biography of Abraham Lincoln that focuses on dispelling common misconceptions and emphasizes how he lived his life with wisdom and compassion.

The Alexander Hamilton You Never Knew

by James Lincoln Collier

Explores the childhood, character, and influential events that shaped the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers. Includes bibliographical references and index.

The American Revolution: 1763 - 1783

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. The American Revolution examines the people and events involved in the significant war by which the thirteen original colonies broke away from England. The authors explain the many sources of conflict between the Americans and the British government, how each side approached the problems, and the results of the escalating violence. The text is enhanced with images of historical art & artifacts, maps of key battles, and photographs of reenacted scenes.

Andrew Jackson's America: 1824 - 1850

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. Andrew Jackson's America examines the events and personalities, particularly President Andrew Jackson, that shaped the development of the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. Learn about the influence that Andrew Jackson had on the way America developed, The Industrial Revolution and the beginning of the Two-Party System. The text is enhanced with images of art & artifacts, maps, and photographs of historic landmarks.

Benny Goodman And The Swing Era

by James Lincoln Collier

Benny Goodman and other jazz musicians introduced Swing to America at a time, when people needed to dance to forget the depression, and all that brought to the world. This music, is what millions still remember and love today. Reading this book will help you know why.

The Bloody Country

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

In the mid-eighteenth century a family moves from Connecticut to Pennsylvania and becomes involved in the property conflict between the two states.

Building a New Nation: The Federalist Era: 1789 - 1801

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. Building a New Nation chronicles the development of the new government following the signing of the Constitution. It explores the political views of the young nation's leaders as they struggled to form a strong nation, despite the foreign and domestic dilemmas that they faced. The authors describe the beginnings of the two-party system, the administrations of the first three presidents, and key decisions by each branch of the government that shaped the future of the country. The text is enhanced with images of art & artifacts of historic and thematic significance.

A Century of Immigration: 1820 - 1924

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. A Century of Immigration reviews the century of 1820 through 1920, in which there were two waves of immigration to the United States. This book discusses the varied motivations and nationalities of these new Americans, as well as the effects of mass immigration on the country as a whole, and the rise of antiforeign sentiments among more recent immigrants. The text is enhanced with photographs, and images of historic art & artifacts.

The Changing Face of American Society: 1945 - 2000

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. The Changing Face of American Society chronicles societal changes in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century, including the women's movement, civil rights gains, technological innovations, and advances in medicine. This book summarizes the important themes that took place between the years 1945 and 2000 and what they mean to us now. The text is enhanced with photographs, political cartoons, and other historically significant images.

Chipper

by James Lincoln Collier

It's 1895 in New York City. Hard times have hit, and life isn't going to get noticeably better any time soon. Almost thirteen-year-old Chipper Carey is running with the Midnight Rats kid gang just to survive. Chipper doesn't normally like to think beyond the present. His past has been bad enough! Ma died of consumption when he was six. His short-lived stay with Aunt Millie and Uncle Bert consisted of endless beatings. He never even knew his father. Sure, Chipper feels badly about the gang's stealing and fighting. He knows Ma wouldn't have approved. He knows she wanted and expected a respectable life for him. What does it matter that even he sometimes feels he's different, maybe even better, than the rest of the gang? What ultimately has to matter is reality, and without the Midnight Rats, Chipper would have nothing. He'd starve. He'd face thrashings more serious than those inflicted by the police. Worst of all, he'd be alone. Fortunately for Chipper, fate takes over and introduces him to the wealthy Miss Sibley. For once, it becomes possible for him to forget that the rich are the enemy. For once, like his Ma, someone else believes that he really was meant for something better.

Chipper

by James Lincoln Collier

Orphaned and homeless, twelve-year-old Chipper Carey is a street-wise gang member in 1890s New York City, until a con man introduces him to a wealthy woman who is seeking her long-lost nephew and Chipper must decide where his loyalties lie.

The Civil War: 1860 - 1865

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. The Civil War examines the people and events involved in the bloody war that pitted the Northern states against those that seceded to form the Confederacy. This book recounts events leading up to the war as well as to the battles themselves. The authors examine the lives & personalities of key figures, including Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. The text is enhanced with images of art & artifacts, maps, and photographs from the era.

The Clara Barton You Never Knew

by James Lincoln Collier

Explores the childhood, character, and influential events that shaped the life of the Civil War nurse who went on to found the American Red Cross. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Clash of Cultures: Prehistory - 1638

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. In Clash of Cultures, the reader learns the story of the people native to the Americas and the confrontation that arose when European explorers came to the New World. The authors show what life was like for the Algonquians, Pequots, and other tribes before the arrival of various European explorers and settlers, explaining a variety of factors that led to conflict between the two groups. Read about the Indian style of warfare, the European concept of land ownership, and the effects of Old World diseases on the New World. The text is enhanced with images of historical artifacts, paintings and engravings by contemporary artists, and photographs of reenacted scenes.

The Clock

by James Lincoln Collier

We accept them into our lives without thought. As far as we're concerned, they've always been there. Books to expand our minds, clothes to keep us warm, clocks to tell us we're late.... End of story! Or is it? In this series, Newbery Award-winner James Lincoln Collier and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award-winner Milton Meltzer take young readers on a fascinating, richly illustrated journey of historical exploration and technological discovery. Their aim is as clear as their challenge is worthy. Step into the life and times of the inventors of the printing press, clocks, vaccines, cotton gin, and gunpowder and weaponry. Imagine the world before these great inventions existed. Learn what the inventors did, why they did it, and how they succeeded. Above all, consider the far-reaching impact of their accomplishments--how the world changed because of these inventions, and what it would be like without them!

The Clock

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

When her spendthrift father goes into debt after buying a sheep and the inner workings of a clock, fifteen-year-old Annie Steele is sent to work in the town's new wool mill to help support her family. Her job is full of risk -- especially after she and her friend Robert discover that the mill's cruel overseer is stealing bags of wool and decide to do something about it. Annie longs for the chance to continue her schooling and become a teacher. Will she ever be able to leave the mill? Great historical fiction for ages 10 and up from the Newbery Honor winning writing team of Christopher and Joseph Collier.

The Corn Raid

by James Lincoln Collier

Life for indentured servants in pioneer Virginia is hard. It is doubly hard for 12-year-old Richard Ayre, a London orphan who had been scooped off the streets as a child and sent to Jamestown Colony. But a chance encounter with an Indian boy his own age gives him a friend, the first real friend he has had in years--until his master's plan to raid an Indian village for corn turns Richard's world upside down.

The Corn Raid: A Story of the Jamestown Settlement

by James Lincoln Collier

Life for indentured servants in pioneer Virginia is hard. It is doubly hard for Richard Ayre, a London orphan who had been scooped off the streets as a child and sent to the Jamestown Colony. But a chance encounter with an Indian boy his own age gives him a friend, the first real friend he has had in years--until his master's plan to raid an Indian village for corn turns Richard's world upside down.

Creating the Constitution: 1787

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation. Using a narrative format, Creating the Constitution details the events leading up to the writing of the U.S. Constitution and what American leaders went through to create it. The authors describe the conflicts between the new states and the delegates each sent to the Constitutional Convention, as well as the work that was done to resolve the many issues at hand. The text is enhanced with images of historical art & artifacts, maps, and photographs of historic and thematic significance.

Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787

by James Lincoln Collier Christopher Collier

Includes a complete copy of the Constitution. Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a document that would create a country and change a world. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. "The best popular history of the Constitutional Convention available. "--Library Journal From the Paperback edition.

The Dreadful Revenge of Ernest Gallen

by James Lincoln Collier

Gene Richards is haunted by a voice, and he doesn't like what its saying. He's trying to ignore it--pretend it's not real--but the voice has plans for Gene. A long time ago, something bad happened in the town of Magnolia--something that Gene's grandfather and his friends want to keep quiet. The voice has started hurting those who were responsible, and it won't give up until Gene uncovers the town's eerie past. Determined to clear his grandfather's name, Gene and his friends start reading old newspapers and digging for the truth. But the voice is running out of patience, and Gene must do something before his grandfather becomes the next victim. James Lincoln Collier has captured the fear and curiosity that come when the past is called into question. The suspense lasts to the final minutes in this ghost story turned mystery.

The Dreadful Revenge of Ernest Gallen

by James Lincoln Collier

When Eugene starts hearing a voice inside his head telling him to do awful things, it leads him to look into his small town's past before the Depression, and to discover long-hidden secrets about his neighbors and his town.

Duke Ellington

by James Lincoln Collier

Duke Ellington is considered to be one of the great genius' of jazz--its major composer and leader of probably the most significant of all jazz bands. Yet, other than his own not-very-revealing autobiography and a collection of reminiscences of his band members, there has never been an in-depth biography of this pre-eminent figure in twentieth century music and entertainment. Here at last is the definitive critical biography of both the man and his music. James Lincoln Collier, author of the highly acclaimed Louis Armstrong: An American Genius, has produced a fascinating work which tells the full story of Edward Kennedy Ellington, from his childhood as the pampered and adored only son of a middle-class Washington black family to his death in 1974, hailed as "America's greatest composer" (according to the New York Times obituary) and mourned at his funeral by more than 10,000 people. Collier describes Ellington's charisma--his sense of being special even from childhood, when he would announce to his cousins "I am the grand, noble, Duke; crowds will be running to me,"...the formation of his band, including some of the greatest names in jazz history, among them, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, and Paul Gonzavles...his arrival at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem in the 1920s...his involvement with his manager Irving Mills, who manipulated and cheated him and even put his name on some of Ellington's songs, but who made him famous...his relationship with his family, including his troubled relationship with his son, his marriage and many affairs (including involvements with some of his own musician's women). But most of all, the book is about the creation of the music, from classic songs like "Sophisticated Lady" to the "sacred concerts" of Ellington's last years. Collier maintains that it is not necessary to see Ellington as a "composer" in the narrow sense of the word but as something just as important: an improvising jazz musician. His instrument was a whole band.This is a controversial book--not all will agree with Collier's assessments--but it will enthrall jazz buffs as well as anyone interested in a fascinating life and times.

The Empty Mirror

by James Lincoln Collier

From the author of "My Brother Sam Is Dead" comes this chilling story about losing identity and finding family. Orphaned Nick has grown up in his uncle Jack's care on the wooded coast of New England. When Nick can no longer see his reflection in the mirror or the lake, his trouble really begins.

The Empty Mirror: A Novel

by James Lincoln Collier

Nick Hodges had always been a troublesome boy. Growing up an orphan in his Uncle Jack's care in a small New England town wasn't easy. Everyone was a little wary, a little watchful--a little too watchful. One day, while Nick is walking in the woods, a neighbor thinks she sees him miles from where he actually is. Soon a series of events reinforcing Nick's hotheaded reputation unfold. The incidents become increasingly serious until, finally, Nick is the scapegoat for a much more sinister crime, one that he wouldn't even think of committing. As he uncovers history of the town's influenza epidemic, and as he observes a strange occurrence in the graveyard, Nick begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is happening. And when he sees a figure running in the woods wearing the mirror image of his own shirt, Nick starts to piece together some of the answers--answers no one could have imagined. James Lincoln Collier has written a haunting story of a boy and his reflection--and what happens when two souls want to inhabit the same living body.

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