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4th Grade

Transcontinental Railroad:Teacher's Guide: Suggestions for Active Learning

Transcontinental Railroad offers insights into topics in American history including the settling of the West; manifest destiny; contact and conflicts between Native Americans and white settlers; experiences of workers, including Chinese immigrants and Civil War veterans, in building the railroad; 19th century speculators and the rush to claim land; the Crédit Mobilier scandal and the backroom dealings that financed the railroad; the technical, mechanical, and engineering challenges of building steam locomotive routes across American terrain; the creation -- and, sometimes, abandonment -- of

Texas Talks: The Changing Faces of Fort McKavett

This Texas Talk aired on Monday August 15, 2016 by the Texas State Historical Association. Fort McKavett was established in 1852 by the 8th US Infantry. The fort closed briefly in 1859, but reopened in 1869 and has been designated a Texas historic site since May 17, 1968. The fort is considered one of the most intact and preserved examples of Texas-Indian Wars military post. The fort has restored structures that include officers’ quarters, barracks, hospital, school house, dead house, sink, and post headquarters.

A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968

In this history of the modern Civil Rights movement, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter beautifully describes the process that brought about "the end of apartheid in America," providing a context for the ongoing fight for tolerance and equality in this country. McWhorter focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown versus the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assasinated).

Almonte's Texas: Juan N. Almonte's 1834 Inspection, Secret Report and Role in the 1836 Campaign

This book, includes transcriptions of original documents containing Mexican Col. Juan N. Almonte's 1834 report concerning the measures necessary to prevent the loss of Texas, as well as fifty of his letters, and the journal he kept while at the side of Santa Anna during the Texas rebellion in 1836. This book is part of the collection entitled: Texas State Historical Association Monographs and was provided by Texas State Historical Association to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. More information about this book can be viewed below.

Teacher's Packet: Reenactment of the Golden Spike Ceremony

THEME: The completion of the transcontinental railroad not only made it easier to transport goods and people across the country, it also put an end to the hard work of the thousands of immigrant railroad workers and Americans who constructed the railroad. Its completion was cause for much celebration, that's why the Golden Spike Ceremony took place. SUBJECTS: Language Arts, History, Drama OBJECTIVES: To gain an understanding of why there was a celebration after the completion of the railroad.

Fort Griffin Horns and Tales Longhorn Program

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear history and tales from the cattle drives and early ranching. Learn about Texas Longhorn cattle and experience a living part of Texas history. All ages are welcome. Program is included in the daily admission fee. Other tour times are available on request—please call 325.762.3592 one week in advance.

Almonte's Texas: Juan N. Almonte's 1834 Inspection, Secret Report, and Role in the 1836 Campaign

Dale Farris calls this book " a highly significant, major contribution to the documentation of early Texas history, and greatly adds to the broadening understanding of the roots of the Texas revolution." (Review of Texas Books) In late 1833 Mexico began to have serious fears that its northeastern territory in Texas would be lost to North American colonists. To determine the actual state of affairs, Mexico sent Col. Juan N. Almonte to Texas on an inspection--the last conducted by a high-ranking Mexican official before revolution separated Texas from Mexico.

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

About This Book Everyone would agree the one and only Declaration of Independence deserves the best. After all, it's at the heart of our country. But since it was signed in 1776, the Declaration has had as many ups and downs as the United States itself. It has been rolled up, copied, hidden away and traveled by horseback, sailing vessel, mail truck, railroad car and military tank. After being front and center of a new nation, it has escaped two British invasions and survived for more than two centuries of both peaceful times and devastating wars. What a journey!

Heart of Texas: A Lone Star ABC

Welcome to Texas--home of cowboys, cattle, and NASA--where "Friendship" is the motto folks live by. Remember the Alamo, where a brave Army fought against Santa Anna; visit Big Bend National Park and try to spot a Bear; and go to the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to discover the women who Conquered the Old West. Celebrate Texas in this alphabetical tour from Laura Krauss Melmed and Frane Lessac, the bestselling duo who brought us Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York!The Big Apple from A to Z.
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