My Name is America Series

The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy

By Joseph Bruchac

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The Cherokees call The Trail of Tears "Nunda'utsun'yi", or "The Place Where the People Cried". Jesse Smoke, his mother, and sisters are forced to abandon their home, their land, and their possessions when they and several thousand other Cherokees are forced west on The Trail of Tears. Illustrations. Fold-out map.

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The Journal of Jedediah Barstow, an Emigrant on the Oregon Trail: Overland, 1845

By Ellen Levine

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In his 1845 diary, thirteen-year-old orphan Jedediah describes his wagon train journey to Oregon, in which he confronts rivers and sandy plains, bears and rattlesnakes, and the challenges of living with his fellow travelers. Includes historical notes.
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The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

By Kathryn Lasky

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In this novel, Augustus Pelletier, a 14-year-old half-French and half-Omaha Indian, joins Lewis and Clark on their journey from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and keeps a journal of throughout the trip.

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The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy

By Walter Dean Myers

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Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Myers writes about an African-American boy's struggles with his first cattle drive in 1871 and the racial prejudices of the day.

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The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, a Revolutionary War Patriot

By Barry Denenberg

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William, a twelve-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to the British rule.
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The Journal of Rufus Rowe: Witness to the Battle of Fredericksburg

By Sid Hite

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In 1862, sixteen-year-old Rufus Rowe runs away from home and settles in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he documents in his journal the battle he watches unfold there.

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