50 important events that shaped American history for kids 8 to 12
Learning about US history can help us understand why things are the way they are today—and how we can make them better. From the founding of the city of Cahokia and the formation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to the modern Black Lives Matter movement, this kid-friendly journey takes young learners through nearly 1000 years of American history, one key event at a time.
Go beyond other American history books with:
- 50 key events—Kids will learn about Indigenous peoples, colonial life, the rise of the United States on the world stage, amazing inventions, and more.
- History revealed—This book helps young readers gain more perspective on events with direct quotes from people who actually lived through them.
- Ways to learn more—Each of these defining moments comes with suggestions for other books to read or museums to visit.
Help children discover America's incredible legacy with this top choice in kids' history books.
About the Author
Megan DuVarney Forbes is a historian and middle school teacher. Megan is a frequent presenter on empowering students in their own identities through social justice, history, and literature. She loves to share ideas with other educators around the world. You can follow her on Instagram @TooCoolForMiddleSchool.
"Megan Forbes adds much-needed nuance to our complicated history with this wonderful book that allows student readers to better understand the complexity that is American history. Major Events in American History is exactly the kind of book I want all my students reading in middle school social studies." —Luke Rosa, teacher and founder of Students of History
"50 key events, 50 attractive and engaging pictures, 50 captivating quotes, 50 opportunities for further history exploration. Megan Duvarney Forbes packs in the history in this colorful, accessible, and sweeping journey through American history." —Karalee Wong Nakatsuka, 2019 California History Teacher of the Year
"Major Events in American History provides the perfect concise introductory text for students and teachers. Forbes' writing is crisp and grade-appropriate; however, she often goes beyond the standard narrative to include enlightening and thought-provoking detail." —Allison Brew, teacher, social studies content creator and author, peacefieldhistory.com