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  • 1. + Resources for Teens on American History Selected and presented by Alice Cameron
  • 2. + Introduction  This subject guide provides teens with a useful collection of resources on the subject of American History. These resources range in depth and spectrum and are all available in or through the Deerfield Public Library, which can be located at 920 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL. Additional online resources are also provided to help teens with questions additional questions they may have regarding American History or other homework related questions.
  • 3. + Print Resource 1: A Short History of the United States By Robert V. Remini New York: Harper, 2008. Location: Adult Nonfiction Call Number: 973 REM Description: Summarizes essential facts about America's discovery, settlement, and growth, covering such topics as the development of key institutions, major military conflicts, and the transformation of early colonists into modern citizens.- NoveList Plus
  • 4. + Print Resource 2: The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History by Adam Selzer New York: Delacorte Press, 2009. Location: Juvenile Nonfiction Call Number: 973 SEL Description: A lighthearted primer for young history enthusiasts shares tips for bolstering one's knowledge base while clarifying common historical misconceptions routinely taught in classrooms.- NoveList Plus
  • 5. + Print Resource 3: This Book is History: A Collection of Cool U.S. History Trivia by Christopher Forest Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press, 2013. Location: Juvenile Nonfiction Call Number: 973 FOR Description: Describes a variety of U.S. history trivia facts including the colonies, Revolutionary War, Civil War, presidents, and monuments.- NoveList Plus
  • 6. + Print Resource 4: A People’s History of the United States: 1492- Present by Howard Zinn New York: Harper Collins, 2003. Location: Adult Nonfiction Call Number: 973.92 Description: Presents the history of the United States from the point of view of those who were exploited in the name of American progress.- NoveList Plus
  • 7. + Print Resource 5: The Keys to American History: Understanding Our Most Important Historic Documents By Richard Panchyk Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2008. Available through LinkIn Libraries, click here! Description: Organizes American history primary sources chronologically with analysis and explanations.- NoveList Plus
  • 8. + Print Resource 6: A Young People’s History of the United States By Howard Zinn, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff New York: Seven Stories Press, 2007 Available through LinkIn Libraries, here! Description: A history of the United States from its beginnings to the early twenty-first century, as told from the point of view of ordinary people, including slaves and Native Americans, to reveal the violence, racism, and injustices which occurred during key events.- NoveList Plus
  • 9. + Print Resource 7: Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 By Henry Louis Gates New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Location: Adult Nonfiction Call Number: 973.0496073 GAT Description: A director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard presents a sumptuously illustrated chronicle of more than 500 years of African-American history that focuses on defining events, debates and controversies as well as important achievements of famous and lesser-known figures, in a volume complemented by reproductions of ancient maps and historical paraphernalia.NoveList Plus
  • 10. + Print Resource 8: The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History Edited by Michael Kazin, et al. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011. Located: Adult Reference Nonfiction Call Number: 320.03 CON Description: With 150 accessible articles written by more than 130 leading experts, this essential reference provides authoritative introductions to some of the most important and talked-about topics in American history and politics, from the founding to today. Abridged from the acclaimed Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, this is the only single-volume encyclopedia that provides comprehensive coverage of both the traditional topics of U.S. political history and the broader forces that shape American politics--including economics, religion, social movements, race, class, and gender. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, each entry provides crucial context, expert analysis, informed perspectives, and suggestions for further reading.Publisher’s Website
  • 11. + Online Resource 9:  Gale Virtual Reference Library http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/showers?db=GVRL  Description: On this site you can access content from a library of encyclopedias and subject specialized reference books! Gale Virtual Reference Library includes information on medicine, art, science, history, business, and much more. You can browse by subject or search for content in one easy-to-use search box!
  • 12. + Online Resource 10:  Britannica Annals of American History http://america.eb.com/storelibrarycard?id=dpl  Description: Here you can find speeches, poems, historical accounts, memoirs, and multimedia, all on the subject of American History!
  • 13. + Need additional homework help or have more questions about American History? Check out these sites!  http://www.shmoop.com   Shmoop provides study guides for literature, US history, poems and essays! http://lhh.tutor.com/?ProgramGUID=531d57a3-dd13-40e7-ab1fca4051c7f4d5  This site is available 7 days a week (excluding holidays) from 29pm. Get live help from a tutor! You can also use this service to proof a resume or college application. Be sure to have your library card number ready and then follow the instructions on the screen.
  • 14. + Bibliography Deerfield Public Library Website. Accessed December 5th, 2013. http://www.deerfieldlibrary.org/deerfield/ Deerfield Public Library Online Catalog. Accessed December 5th, 2013. http://dpl-encore.deerfieldlibrary.org/iii/encore/?lang=eng NoveList Plus. Accessed December 6th, 2013. http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.dom.edu/novp/search?sid=1bb28330b8bb-4305-952c-8083895a9460%40sessionmgr4002&vid=46&hid=108 Princeton University Press. Accessed December 6th, 2013. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9518.html