American Heritage Junior Library




The American Heritage Junior Library, published by American Heritage and later reprinted by Troll Associates, is a very high quality series of history books, well-written and carefully researched. Each quotes heavily from primary source documents and is abundantly illustrated with early American paintings, drawings, maps, and engravings.

are designed for history students junior high level or above.

From Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill--

The Boston Tea Party was, as Hutchinson himself admitted, "the boldest stroke which had yet been struck in America". This spectacular act of defiance electrified the colonies. Boston assumed the lead in resistance, becoming an example for the rest of North America. Sam Adams' tea party may well be considered the first act of the American Revolution. But if the colonies hailed it, in England it was considered an outrageous insult. Lord North, the new prime minister, felt that he could do no less than accept the challenge of Adams and his Mohawks.

The discussion of the Tea Party is accompanied by a detailed engraving from Barber's Incidents of American History, 1847, noting also--

The Boston Tea Party was performed with incredible ease and simplicity. "We were surrounded by British armed ships", a participant recalled years later, "but no attempt was made to resist us." England's angry reply, the Boston Port Act, served only to unite the thirteen colonies against the mother country.

See also the companion series for world history, the Horizon-Caravel Books.

Abraham Lincoln in Peace and War by Earl Schenck Miers [1964]
Adventures in the Wilderness by Rutherford Platt [1963]
Air War Against Hitler's Germany by Stephen W. Sears [1964]
Americans in Space by John Dille [1965]
Andrew Jackson, Soldier and Statesman by Ralph K. Andrist [1963]
The Battle of the Bulge Stephen W. Sears [1969]
The Battle of Gettysburg by Bruce Catton [1963]
The Battle of Yorktown by Thomas J. Fleming [1968]
The California Gold Rush Ralph K. Andrist [1961]
Captains of Industry by Bernard A. Weisberger [1966]
Carrier War in the Pacific Stephen W. Sears [1966]
Clipper Ships and Captains by Jane D. Lyon [1962]
Commodore Perry in Japan by Robert Reynolds [1963]
Cowboys and Cattle Country by Don Ward [1961]
D-Day, The Invasion of Europe by Al Hine [1962]
Discovers of the New World by Josef Berger [1960]
The Erie Canal Ralph K. Andrist [1964]
Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Wilson Sullivan [1970]
The French and Indian Wars by Francis Russell [1962]
George Washington and the Making of a Nation by Marcus Cunliffe [1966]
Great Days of the Circus by Freeman Hubbard [1962]
History of the Atomic Bomb by Michael Blow [1968]
Indians of the Plains by Eugene Rachlis [1960]
Ironclads of the Civil War by Frank R. Donovan [1964]
Jamestown: First English Colony by Marshall W. Fishwick [1965]
Labor on the March: The Story of America's Unions by Joseph L. Gardner [1969]
Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill by Francis Russell [1963]
The Many Worlds of Benjamin Franklin by Frank R. Donovan [1963]
Men of Science and Invention by Michael Blow [1961]
Naval Battles and Heroes by Wilbur Cross [1960]
The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony by Feenie Ziner [1962]
Pirates of the Spanish Main by Hamilton Cochran and Robert I. Nesmith [1961]
Railroads in the Days of Steam by Albert L. McCready [1960]
Steamboats on the Mississippi Ralph K. Andrist [1962]
The Story of Yankee Whaling by Irwin Shapiro [1960]
Texas and the War with Mexico by Fairfax Downey [1961]
Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life by John A. Garraty [1967]
Thomas Jefferson and His World by Henry Moscow [1960]
To the Pacific with Lewis and Clark Ralph K. Andrist [1967]
Trappers and Mountain Men by Evan Jones [1961]
Westward on the Oregon Trail by Marian T. Place [1962]

American Heritage is best known for their hardcover magazines (journals, really). These old monthly magazines are very good and may be useful for some homeschools, but unlike these unified topical books, the spines of the magazines give no indication of each magazine's content. A home educator will find them cumbersome and inconvenient to use without a good indexing system and frequent referral to it.