Cook a Hoe Cake

Cook a Hoe Cake

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington's favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave's diet.
Download a Printer-Friendly PDF
The Statistics of Slaughter

The Statistics of Slaughter

From The Civil War

View
Paint the Oregon Trail

Paint the Oregon Trail

From The Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist's perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.

View
Explore Different Types of Government

Explore Different Types of Government

From The U.S. Constitution

Every form of government has key features and characteristics that define it. For example, in a democracy, the citizens vote on laws and policies, but in a totalitarian country, the ruling party makes all decisions about public and private life. In this activity, you will explore how different forms of government would impact your classroom or family.

View
Compare the Decades

Compare the Decades

From The Great Depression

In 2008, a recession took place in the United States that seemed to echo the Great Depression of the 1930s. Called the Great Recession, it was a time when unemployment spiked in 2008 and 2009 and many people lost their homes. How was this recession similar to the Great Depression?

View

Reviews

School Library Connection 
 "This book is an excellent resource for helping students understand the troubling times prior to the Civil War and could serve as a resource for an entire unit of study. Highly Recommended."

Sally's Bookshelf
"This book opens with an explanation of what slavery is and what the abolitionist movement was. It will help readers glimpse what life was like for enslaved people, and how they fought the system that shackled them. The cool thing about this book: it's like going on a field trip into the past. As with any expedition, you'll want to grab your notebook and pencil to record ideas, observations, and reactions as you work through the activities." Read the complete review online.

Detailed Book Description

In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, learn about the tens of thousands of African American men, women, and children who risked their lives to gain their freedom, and the thousands more who risked their lives to help.

  • The institution of slavery and the escape of slaves to freedom continues to affect today's world and is prevalent in news stories that readers are exposed to.
  • Uses primary sources to engage readers in scholarly deconstruction of relevant material.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619304864
Paperback, $17.95
9781619304901
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
A Historic Secret

Chapter 1
The Peculiar Institution

Chapter 2
Resistance

Chapter 3
Laying the Tracks

Chapter 4
Navigating the Freedom Trail

Chapter 5
Treacherous Travel

Chapter 6
Courageous Collaborators

Chapter 7
Freedom Found

Chapter 8
Beyond Freedom

Glossary
Resources
Essential Questions
Index