This Week in History – in Books

So this week, the History department brings us the birth of the Navy, the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the great Chicago fire. Want to know more?

History of the United States Navy chronicles the US Navy from 1775 through modern times. There are some fabulous photos and at the end of the book, they feature cross-sections of various Navy ships along with details about each one.

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of a young girl living in Philadelphia during the yellow fever outbreak.

Three Cups of Tea tells the true story of Greg Mortenson who has been very involved in building schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

As for the Chicago fire…I couldn’t find any books specifically about that. So, you can either pick up a book about Mad Cow Disease or Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which is set in a futuristic Chicago, which probably kind of resembles Chicago after the fire.


One response to “This Week in History – in Books

  1. Mrs. Selinsky

    Even though the author does stray into self- promotion,Three Cups of Tea is another good nonfiction option for students taking my Lit classes!

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