US World History Study Guide by Beautiful Feet Books

Rea Berg’s US World History Study Guide uses the literature approach.

Reading well-written historical fiction is a better way to learn about history. Her book selections are excellent. Guides are written by Rea Berg unless otherwise noted.

Modern U.S. and World History from Civil War to Vietnam

US World History Study Guide by Beautiful Feet

US World History Study Guide by Beautiful Feet Civil War to Vietnam

By Rea C. Berg, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

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In this literature based survey of Civil War to Vietnam War time-period, students will read such classics as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Red Badge of Courage, Around the World in 80 Days, The Hiding Place, The Diary of Anne Frank, House of Sixty Fathers, and many more. The US and World History Study Guide also includes The six books by Albert Marrin.

This one or two-year course is designed for the upper junior high or high school level.

Some of the content in the required books is more mature, particularly the Albert Marrin books. I would not recommend trying to adapt it for use with younger children.

There is quite a list of books required for this course. The ones which we currently carry are linked here. You can also check your local library.

Year 1, Parts 1 and 2

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers
  • Across Five Aprils
  • Rifles for Watie
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
  • Virginia’s General
  • Reconstruction: Binding the Wounds
  • Up From Slavery
  • the World in Eighty Days
  • A History of US: An Age of Extremes
  • The Jungle
  • Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt
  • Stalin, Russia’s Man of Steel
  • The Yanks Are Coming
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • History of US: War, Peace and All the Jazz

Year 2, Parts 3 and 4

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • No Promises in the Wind
  • A History of US: War, Peace and All That Jazz
  • Hitler
  • Excape from Warsaw
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Story of the Von Tramp Family Singers
  • Anne Frank
  • The Endless Steppe
  • Victory in the Pacific
  • Hiroshima
  • Journey to Topaz
  • So Far From the Bamboo Grove
  • House of Sixty Fathers
  • Number the Stars
  • A History of US: All the People
  • Basic History of US: Volume 5 The Welfare State
  • America and Vietnam
  • The Vietnam War: How the United States Became Involved

If you need a course for fine arts credit, Drawing on History was written to coordinate art of each time period with the eras studied in this study guide.

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Literature for US and World History from Civil War to Vietnam

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt 9780425182789

Across Five Aprils

By Irene Hunt

9780425182789

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Uncle Tom's Cabin 9780486440286

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

By Harriet Beecher Stowe, Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN-13: 9780486440286

In the form of a novel, author Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote about slavery and the effects on its participants. Originally published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin brought awareness of the evil of slavery to the forefront of the thinking of the day.

Paperback, 96 pages.

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Rifles for Watie 9780064470308

Rifles for Watie

By Harold Keith

ISBN-13: 9780064470308

“Jefferson Davis Bussey is sixteen when the Civil War breaks our.  He can’t wait to leave his Kansas Farm and defend the Union against Colonel Watie, leader of the dreaded Cherokee Indian rebels.”  Winner of the Newbery Medal

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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 9780553210118

The Red Badge of Courage

By Stephen Crane

ISBN-13: 9780553210118

The version called for in LLATL American Gold. Sold in the Book Study Set above.

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Virginia's General by Albert Marrin 9781893103146

Virginia’s General

By Albert Marrin, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

ISBN-13: 9781893103146

“Finally, this long anticipated biography of Gen. Robert E. Lee is back in print. Portraying the sterling character of this admired hero, Marrin paints a complete picture of this complex man. Divided between his dislike of slavery and his loyalty to his beloved Virginia, Lee rose from an impoverished and tragic childhood to become one of the greatest military minds America has ever known, while being lauded for his kind, generous leadership. Marrin writes of Lee while including the stories of the ordinary soldiers, the Johnny Rebs and Billy Yanks. The victories, defeats, successes and failures of each side are portrayed in vivid and personal detail in Virginia’s General. Used in the Literature Approach to U.S. and World History, from the Civil War to Vietnam Study Guide.”

201 pages, Trade PB

Advanced Intermediate/High School

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Up From Slavery 9780486287386

Up From Slavery

By Booker T. Washington, Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN-13: 9780486287386

Up From Slavery is the inspirational autobiography of the famous African-American educator Booker T. Washington.

Unabridged, 157 pages

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Around the World in Eighty Days *

By Jules Verne

ISBN-13: 9780140367119

Go Around the World in Eighty Days with Jules Verne’s classic in paperback.

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Stalin by Albert Marrin 9781893103092

Stalin, Russia’s Man of Steel

By Albert Marrin, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

ISBN-13: 9781893103092

“This illustrated biography provides a forceful account of the Soviet tyrant who shaped communism into a tool for his own ends and at the expense of countless human lives. The author sketches out Stalin’s rise to power from his childhood through his work as revolutionary organizer, to his role as supreme commander of Soviet forces and mastermind of post-war policy. The magnitude and scope of the destruction presented in this book is unsettling, disturbing and sometimes difficult to comprehend. It is important to understand and to allow this understanding to cause us, as Americans under a free system of government, to love and strive more fervently for the preservation of the values and freedoms we hold so dear.”

242 pages, Trade PB

Advanced Intermediate/High School

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Yanks Are Coming by Albert Marrin 9781893103115

The Yanks Are Coming

By Albert Marrin, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

ISBN-13: 9781893103115

This is the exciting story of the Yanks ‘ coming over’ to aid the Allies and turn the tide of W .W .I in Europe.  How the United States mobilized industry, trained doughboy soldiers, and promoted the war at home is told by master historian and storyteller, Albert Marrin.  The desperation of the war itself is illustrated in tales of action at Chateau Thierry and Belleau Woods; in the air with the daring men of the Army Air Corps; with the Lost Battalion at the battle of the Meuse- Argonne. From the sinking of the Lusitania to Armistice Day, Marrin tells the whole story of the “war to end all wars” in The Yanks Are Coming.  249 pages, Trade PB

Advanced Intermediate/High School

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To Kill A Mockingbird 9780446310789

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

ISBN-13: 9780446310789

To Kill a Mockingbird “portrays the story of racial inequality through the eyes of a child. Contains mature themes.

Grades 9 and up, Paperback

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 Hitler by Albert Marrin 9781893103108

Hitler

By Albert Marrin, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

ISBN-13: 9781893103108

“Marrin writes insightfully about the life of Adolf Hitler and attempts to ascertain the reasons for his fanaticism, as well as the motives of those who blindly followed him. The author forgoes sensationalism, and his matter-of-fact writing style and recitation of events are more than adequate to chronicle the horror. Step-by-step, he describes how Hitler, a seemingly shy, insecure young man was able to inspire a defeated nation that saw the extermination of many of its citizens as it salvation.”  -Booklist

Advanced Intermediate/High School 249 pages, Trade PB

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The Hiding Place 9780553256697

The Hiding Place

by Corrie Ten Boom

ISBN-13: 9780553256697

The Hiding Place tells remarkable story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family who, at risk of their lives, followed the mandate of their Christian understanding by providing refuge to Jews marked for death by Nazi forces occupying the Netherlands during World War II.

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Victory in the Pacific by Albert Marrin 9781893103153

Victory in the Pacific

By Albert Marrin, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

ISBN-13: 9781893103153

Victory in the Pacific is a key to ” the study of World War II.  Focusing on the weeks before and months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Marrin tells the stories that took place in the jungles of Guadalcanal and Betio.  He accurately portrays the struggles of the Navy and Marines as they crossed the Pacific, island to island, making their way to Japan. Marrin conveys the struggles of war, along with information on the workings of a submarine and the experience of being stationed on one, along with technical information.  Dedicated to “all those who fought for freedom on, under, and above the ‘Peaceful Ocean,’ 1941-1945″ this book is the fascinating and dramatic story of those heroic men. Used in the Literature Approach to U.S. and World History, from the Civil War to Vietnam Study Guide.”   212 pages, Trade PB

Advanced Intermediate/High School

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America and Vietnam by Albert Marrin 9781893103085

America and Vietnam The Elephant and the Tiger

By Albert Marrin, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books

ISBN-13: 9781893103085

“Fought in a small Asian country previously unknown to the American public, the Vietnam War, became a cause that divided the nation and defined the times.  The first televised war, it created the largest antiwar movement in history. How could the army that won a world war lose to an under armed guerilla force?  Why would our country pay for a war overseas when we were losing the “war on poverty” at home?  Why did a war fought to bring democracy to Vietnam make Americans question their own democratic government?

These are some of the issues that Albert Marrin addresses in America and Vietnam.  The only excellent book in print, that we know of, concerning Vietnam for mature young people is American and Vietnam.  Warning: some quotes contain profanity.  Illustrated with maps and black and white pictures. 277 pages, Trade PB,

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