I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents: Cool Stuff You Need To Know
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- Thomas Jefferson, our third president, spoke six languages, invented many things (the swivel chair and the pedometer, to name two), and designed and built not only Monticello (his rural home) but also the University of Virginia.
- Theodore Roosevelt, was one of the nation's great hunters, and the Smithsonian is filled with hundreds of specimens from his safari in Africa. He was also our first environmentalist president, setting aside nearly 200 million acres for national parks and wildlife refuges.
You'll also find a section on "The First Ladies"-short takes on all the presidents' wives. The book ends with a special feature that's just in time for the 2012 election: how a president gets elected. From the first presidential election to recent recounts, this chapter clearly explains to a young audience how we choose the next leader of our country.
Includes over 100 whimsical illustrations!
including Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam. The U.S. soon added the Sandwich Islands (later renamed Hawaii). America was set to enter the 20th century as a global power. PRESIDENTIAL FIRST William McKinley’s inauguration in 1897 was the first presidential inauguration to be filmed. Assassination McKinley picked a new vice president to run with him for his second term—Theodore Roosevelt, a hero from the war who was now governor of New York. McKinley won re-election and was very
As president, Roosevelt filled the job vigorously with his own ideals and visions. He believed that ordinary people should not be cheated by big companies. The first environmentalist president, he set aside nearly 200 million acres for national forests, reserves, and wildlife refuges. (The “teddy bear” is named after him.) He helped end the war between Russia and Japan in 1905 by negotiating a peace treaty that was acceptable to both countries. A believer in equality, he was also the first
President Young Bill Taft’s parents put a lot of pressure on him growing up. His father had been President Grant’s attorney general and he expected great things of his son. Some historians suggest that this pressure from his parents had something to do with Taft’s extraordinary weight. By the time he won the presidency, Taft weighed about 332 pounds. He had to have a new bathtub installed in the White House because he got stuck in the old one (six men had to pull him out). People joked about
weather and climate, chemistry and so much more! STEPHANIE SCHWARTZ DRIVER/RACHEL GARCIA 978-1-60652-424-4 I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents Starting with who is qualified to be president, what a president does, and how the president works with the rest of the government, this book written just for kids, quickly turns to the fascinating profiles of each of the 43 presidents. There are also sidebars filled with fun and unusual information about our leaders. PATRICIA A. HALBERT
jury if someone’s accused of a crime. The War of 1812 Even though the British had surrendered in the American Revolution, they hadn’t really given up. On the high seas, they kept stealing U.S. ships and cargo, and even kidnapped American sailors and forced them to serve in the British navy. On the frontier, the British were giving weapons to the Indians so they could attack American settlers. By 1812, the United States had had enough and President Madison declared war on England, a kind of