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Books for History 1865-1939

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I love using living books for history studies in our homeschool. What are living books? Real books, not textbooks!

Here are some of the great books we’ve read (or will read) for our history studies of 1865-1939, Industrial Revolution Through Great Depression.

Books for Homeschool History 1865-1939, DVDs, picture books, longer read-alouds, and CDs (books on tape). From I Choose Joy!

Our main curriculum has been Homeschool in the Woods. See Civil War lapbook pictures here and Industrial Revolution through Great Depression lapbook here.

We’ve listened to Story of the World, volume 4 while driving in the car.


Longer Read-Alouds:

The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson, about the Ferris Wheel in Chicago

The Wright Brothers and Their Sister by Lois Mills, about the invention of the first airplane

Sergeant York and the Great War by Alvin C. York, about the WWI hero

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (on CD), autobiography of this amazing lady

Rascal by Sterling North (on CD), fun story about a boy and his raccoon

Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, set in Florida


Picture books:

Hooray for Inventors! by Marcia Williams

Into the Air:  The Story of the Wright Brothers’ First Flight by Robert Burleigh

America at the Fair:  Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition by Chaim Rosenberg

Andrew Carnegie by Zachary Kent

The Industrial Revolution by Neil Morris

Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee

Kids During the Industrial Revolution by Lisa Wroble

Henry Ford by Wil Mara

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? by Margaret Frith

Railroad:  A Story of the Transcontinental Railroad by Darice Bailer

A Wizard from the Start by Don Brown

Louis Pasteur by Jane Ackerman



Animated Hero Classics:  Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, The Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie

This is America, Charlie Brown


Boy’s Town

Kit Kittredge

Sergeant York



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Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin

Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

Over There by George Cohen

Art:  (See these at Picturing America)

Brooklyn Bridge by Walker Evans

Brooklyn Bridge by Joseph Stella

The Boating Party by Mary Cassatt

John Biglin in a Single Scull by Thomas Eakins

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright

Freedom of Speech by Norman Rockwell

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