How the Constitution of the United States came about
This is a four-part sequence commemorates the reopening of the National Archives with its new display of America's most precious documents, including the Constitution of the United States. Just how did the Constitution come about?
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Research for this sequence came from many sources. Here are our favorites:

 
 Don't Know Much About History–Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned
by Kenneth C. Davis
Here is a book that not only fills in gaps in historical knowledge, but is genuinely entertaining and wonderful. From Columbus's voyage to the Clinton administration, Mr. Davis carries the reader on a rollicking ride through 600 years of Americana. With wit, candor, and fascinating facts, he explores long-held myths and misconceptions–revealing the very human side of history that the textbooks neglect. Chapters include: When Monopoly Wasn't a Game: The Growing Empire from Wild West to World War I; From Boom to Bust to Big Boom: From the Jazz Age and the Great Depression to Hiroshima; Commies, Containment, and Cold War: America in the Fifties.
5¼" x 8" 466 pages, index, paperbound
#215-S Don't Know History $13.95

 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
As an Official National Park Handbook this book is not available in commercial bookstores. Thus, it is loaded with magnificent full-color photos and paintings that show how the canal was built, how it worked, and who made it work. The book starts with George Washington's brainchild of a canal along the Potomac which became the Patowmack, built on the Virginia side of the river. The C&O Canal was constructed almost at the same time on the Maryland side. The latter eventually linked the Potomac and the Ohio Rivers, and was one of the fledgling country's most ambitious public projects.
6" x 8¼" 112 pages, index, illustrated, maps, paperbound
#87 C&O Canal $15.00

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 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $14.95
  DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LeDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references: Autocamping...Baseball History...Combat Artists...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. HOLIDAYS...The Italian Crisis...Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black Confederates... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Chesapeake Beach...Chesapeake Bay Stories...Ghost stories...Silver Spring MD...Clovers...Hoover Airport...Slavery...President Garfield...Swampoodle

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