In 2006 California approved these 8th grade U.S. History books for local adoption.
The American Journey to WWII • Glencoe ©2006
- Contradicts itself on the meaning of the Constitution's supremacy clause
- Defines strict and loose construction correctly
- Confuses constitutional states' rights with unconstitutional state sovereignty in most instances
- Enumerates 10 of 13 free-market factors in the Commercial / Industrial Revolutions
- Omits pro-free enterprise answers to critics of late-1800s big business behaviors
- Mentions only 2 of 11 rights of Englishmen violated by Acts of Parliament (1763-75)
- Discusses 6 of 11 ways that colonial religion encouraged the American Revolution
United States History – Independence to 1914 • Holt ©2006
- Advocates federal supremacy instead of federalism
- Marginalizes strict construction by wrongly defining it
- Fails to distinguish constitutional states' rights from unconstitutional state sovereignty
- Describes 8 of 13 free-market principles that fostered the Industrial Revolution
- Criticizes late-19th century big businessmen in 31 student text lines, defends them in 3
- Covers 3 of 11 rights of Englishmen abridged by Acts of Parliament (1763-75)
- Mentions 4 of 11 influences of colonial religion on the American Revolution
Creating America: A History of the U.S. – Beginnings through WWII • McDougal ©2006
- Misconstrues the Constitution's supremacy clause
- Misrepresents strict and loose construction
- Confounds constitutional states' rights with unconstitutional state sovereignty
- Acknowledges 4 of 13 free-market causes of the U.S. Industrial Revolution
- Bans counterargument to its calling Rockefeller a "robber baron"
- Names 4 of 11 rights of Englishmen infringed on by Acts of Parliament (1763-75)
- Notes 5 of 11 characteristics of colonial religion favoring the American Revolution
America: History of Our Nation – Independence through 1914 • Prentice ©2006
- Mistakes constitutional supremacy for federal supremacy
- Errs in defining strict and loose construction
- Discredits constitutional states' rights by equating them with unconstitutional state sovereignty
- Addresses 5 of 13 free-market elements in the Commercial / Industrial Revolutions
- Censors exculpatory info on capitalist activity in the 1800s
- Identifies just 2 of 11 rights of Englishmen denied by Acts of Parliament (1763-75)
- Cites a mere 2 of 11 contributions of colonial religion to the American Revolution
A History of US vols. 3-8 • Oxford ©2005 >> see partial review
- Unthinkable – At least 50% more factual errors than any other book here: Scholarship is suspect.
- Unsuitable – Standard U.S. History topics shortchanged: Biographical approach fails as a survey.
- Unfixable – 19 separate bindings: Competitors' Teacher Edition wraparounds are better.
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