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The Oregon Trail (A True Book: Westward Expansion)

The Oregon Trail (A True Book: Westward Expansion)

by Mel Friedman


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A True Book: Westward Expansion takes readers on an amazing journey to a fascinating time in U.S. history when the country was experiencing dynamic change and expanding westward.

This book provides the keys to discovering the important people, places and events that helped shape the western United States. An age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study is included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780531212479
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: A True Book: Westward Expansion
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 166,722
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

Friedman is a freelance journalist. He has four graduate degrees in international relations and political science from Columbia University.

Table of Contents

1 A Great Adventure

Why did people travel the Oregon Trail? 7

2 Claiming the Wes

Who was the first European to set foot in Oregon? 11

3 The Trail Open

What was known as the "brown gold" rush? 17

4 Hopes and Beams

Who got to ride in a covered wagon? 23

The Man who Saved the Trail

Who traveled east on the Oregon Trail in both a wagon and an airplane? 26


What did pioneers worry about most? 33


How did the first coast-to-coast railroad affect the trail? 39

True Statistics 43

Resources 44

Important Words 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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