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Ambleside Online: This Country of Ours

This Country of Ours by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall is available online from Project Gutenberg or by section at Celebration of Women Writers. Also available for your Kindle from manybooks.net or to purchase. The dates and snippets are for parent's reference and planning purposes. Another history text, A History for Peter by Gerald Johnson, has a similar content listing here to help you plan your school year. Asterisked chapters are longer and might need to be split into two readings. (Where minutes are given, they are an estimation of how long it might take to read that chapter aloud; they are included for your planning purposes.)

Year 2 Term 1
week 5: ch 1. How the Vikings of Old Sought And Found New Lands (1000 A.D.; 3276 words; half; can be substituted with Lief the Lucky by D'Aulaire)

Year 2 Term 3
week 33: ch 2. The Sea of Darkness And the Great Faith of Columbus (1435-1506 convincing the king; 2142 words; can be substituted with Columbus by D'Aulaire)
week 34: ch 3. How Columbus Fared Forth Upon the Sea of Darkness And Came To Pleasant Lands Beyond (1492 San Salvador; 2166 words; can be substituted with Columbus by D'Aulaire)
week 35: ch 4. How Columbus Returned in Triumph (1493-1506 four trips, no colonies; 2142 words; can be substituted with Columbus by D'Aulaire)
week 36: ch 5. How America Was Named (1507 Amerigo Vespucci; 1404 words; 10 min)

Year 3 Term 1
week 2: ch 6. How the Flag of England Was Planted on the Shores of the New World (1497 John Cabot; 1210 words; 9 min)
week 4: ch 7. How the Flag of France Was Planted in Florida (1562 Reformation in Europe; 2586 words; 18 min* half)
week 6: ch 8. How the French Founded a Colony in Florida (1564 Ribault; 4570 words (longest ch); 32 min** thirds; half)
week 8: ch 9. How the Spaniards Drove the French Out of Florida (Catholics massacre Lutherans; 3555 words; 24 min** half)
week 10: ch 10. How a Frenchman Avenged the Death of His Countrymen (1567 Lutheran payback; 1656 words; 13 min)
week 12: ch 11. The Adventures of Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1583 he is lost at sea, no colony; 1652 words; 12 min)

Year 3 Term 2
week 13: ch 12. About Sir Walter Raleigh's Adventures in the Golden West (1584-88 potato brought to Ireland; Virginia Dare; 3387 words; 19 min** half)
week 14: ch 13. The Adventures of Captain John Smith (1606 Pocahontas saves his life; 3678 words; 24 min** half)
week 15: ch 14. More Adventures of Captain John Smith (1609 he returns to England wounded; 3757 words; 25 min** half)
week 17: ch 15. How the Colony Was Saved (1610-14 Pocahontas marries; peace; 4102 words (2nd longest ch); 28 min** thirds half)
week 18: ch 16. How Pocahontas Took a Journey Over the Seas (1616 success; she dies; 2046 words; 14 min)
week 19: ch 17. How the Redmen Fought Against Their White Brothers (1619-22 Indian treachery; 1619 words; 11 min)
week 20: ch 18. How Englishmen Fought a Duel With Tyranny (1624 self-rule; 1120 words; 8 min)
week 21: ch 19. The Coming of the Cavaliers (1642-1673 King Charles supporters flee to Virginia; 1733 words; 11 min)
week 22: ch 20. Bacon's Rebellion (1676 Virginia; 2985 words; 20 min* half)
week 23: ch 21. The Story of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (1700-1705 Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, Protestants from France, Ireland, Germany; democratic ideals; 1051 words; 8 min)
week 24: ch 22. The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers (1606-1620"New England," John Smith, English religious persecution, Scrooby, Leyden, Speedwell, Mayflower, Massasoit, Samoset, Christmas; 3849 words; 25 min** half)

Year 3 Term 3
week 23: ch 23. The Founding of Massachusetts (1620-1692 Winthrop; Salem; Roger Williams; religious liberty; 1329 words; 9 min)
week 27: ch 24. The Story of Harry Vane (1636 Massachusetts; 847 words; 5 min)
week 29: ch 25. The Story of Anne Hutchinson And the Founding of Rhode Island (1638 Rhode Island a haven for religious renegades; 700 words; 5 min)
week 31: ch 26. The Founding of Harvard (1638 John Harvard; desire for colonists to be educated; 632 words; 5 min)
week 33: ch 27. How Quakers First Came To New England (1656 forbidden and persecuted in America yet they continued to come; 1399 words; 10 min)
week 35: ch 28. How Maine And New Hampshire Were Founded (1629-49 Beacon Hill; Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason set up feudal government beside Massachusett's freedom; 1233 words; 9 min)

Year 4 Term 1
week 1: ch 29. The Founding of Connecticut And War With the Indians (1636-39 Thomas Hooker against aristocratic rule; allowed unchurched to vote; English demand justice for slain British; Pequots exterminated; 2040 words; 14 min)
week 2: ch 30. The Founding of New Haven (1643? John Davenport; Biblical laws; land purchased from Indians; Puritans stop coming to America because persecution ends in England; 736 words; 5 min)
week 3: ch 31. The Hunt For the Regicides (1661 Edward Whalley and William Goffe hide in cellar; stay hidden for years; 1353 words; 9 min)
week 4: ch 32. King Philip's War (1675 Indians attack; skirmishes result in war, Indians lose; 1392 words; 9 min)
week 5: ch 33. How the Charter of Connecticut Was Saved (1687-89 Wadsworth; charter oak; Edmund Andros; 1849 words; 13 min)
week 6: ch 34. The Witches of Salem (1692; 1478 words; 10 min)
week 7: ch 35. The Founding of Maryland (1632-34 Lord Baltimore/Calvert seeks refuge for Catholics; religious tolerance; Toleration Act; Calvert; 1345 words; 10 min)
week 8: ch 36. How New Amsterdam Became New York (1626-1664 Henry Hudson; patroons; Holland; Peter Stuyvesant; Dutch vs Swedes; Dutch v British; 2782 words; 19 min* half)
week 9: ch 37. How a German Ruled New York (1689-91 Edmund Andros; Jacob Leisler; Ingoldsby; 1200 words; 8 min)
week 10: ch 38. Pirates! (1696-1701 Colonel Sloughter; New York; Captain Kidd; 1535 words; 12 min)
week 11: ch 39. The Founding of New Jersey (1665-1702 George Carteret; Lord Berkeley; 570 words; 4 min)
week 12: ch 40. The Founding of Pennsylvania (1680-1701 William Penn; Quakers; William Markham; 1767 Mason Dixon line; 2378 words; 16 min* half)

Year 4 Term 2
week 14: ch 41. How Benjamin Franklin Came To Philadelphia (1723 short chapter; duplicated in D'Aulaire book; 737 words; 5 min)
week 15: ch 42. The Founding of North And South Carolina (1663-1685 Robert Heath; Huegenots, other religions, poor Whites, slaves come; rice; 1132 words; 8 min)
week 16: ch 43. War with the Indians in North and Souh Carolina (1711-19 Tuscaroras massacre settlers; Yamassees massacre settlers; 1678 words; 12 min)
week 17: ch 44. The Founding of Georgia (1742-52 James Oglethorpe; prisons; 3022 words; 20 min* half)
week 18: ch 45. How the Mississippi [River] Was Discovered (1682-87 Marquette, Joliet, Le Salle; 1973 words; 13 min)
week 19: ch 46. King William's War And Queen Anne's War (1690-1713 Frontenac; Quebec; New York; 1637 words; 13 min)
week 20: ch 47. The Mississippi Bubble (1698-1720 Louisiana; Mississippi; Crozat; John Law; 2267 words; 15 min*)
week 21: ch 48. How a Terrible Disaster Befell the British Army (1753-55 George Washington; Braddock; French and Indian War; 2679 words; 19 min* half)
week 22: ch 49. The End of French Rule in America (1759-63 William Pitt; James Wolfe; Quebec; 1859 words; 14 min)
week 23: ch 50. The Rebellion of Pontiac (1763-66 Ottowas plan treacherous massacre; Detroit; 1948 words; 13 min)
week 24: ch 51. The Boston Tea-Party (1765-73 Boston Massacre; colonies help each other; 1306 words; 10 min)

Year 4 Term 3
week 25: ch 52. Paul Revere's Ride - The Unsheathing of the Sword (1774-75 Declaration of Rights; Pitt; Hancock; Adams; Gage; Percy; 1662 words; 11 min)
week 26: ch 53. The First Thrust - The Battle Of Bunker Hill (1775 Benedict Arnold; Patrick Henry; Ethan Allen; Vermont; Continental Army; George Washington; 2529 words; 17 min*)
week 27: ch 54. The War in Canada (1775-76 Guy Carleton; Ticonderoga; Philip Schuyler; Richard Montgomery; Benedict Arnold; Montreal; Quebec; Charles Douglas; 1558 words; 10 min)
week 28: ch 55. The Birth of a Great Nation (1776 Henry Knox; Declaration of Independence; Howe; Charles Lee; 1284 words; 8 min)
week 29: ch 56. The Darkest Hour - Trenton And Princeton (1776 Howe; New York; Putnam; 2705 words; 19 min* half)
week 30: ch 57. Burgoyne's Campaign - Bennington And Oriskany (1777 Canada; Howe; Herkimer; Joseph Brant; first US flag; 1729 words; 11 min)
week 31: ch 58. Burgoyne's Campaign - Bemis Heights And Saratoga (1777 Horatio Gates; Benedict Arnold; 1737 words; 13 min)
week 32: ch 59. Brandywine - Germantown - Valley Forge (1777 Howe; Washington; Kascluszko; LaFayette; von Steuben; 1228 words; 10 min)
week 33: ch 60. War on the Sea (1778 France helps US; Esek Hopkins; James Nicholson; Abraham Whipple; Rhode Island; Lambert Wicke; John Paul Jones; "Bonhomme Richard"; 2521 words; 9 min)
week 34: ch 61. The Battle of Monmouth - The Story of Captain Molly (1778 Philadelphia; Clinton; Wayne; Lafayette; Molly Pitcher; 1306 words; 9 min)
week 35: ch 62. The Story of a Great Crime (1780 Philadelphia; Benedict Arnold is traitor; West Point; 1416 words; 10 min)
week 36: ch 63. A Turning Point in the World's History (1779-80 Yorktown; Cornwallis surrenders to Washington; 925 words; 8 min)

Year 5 Term 1
week 1: ch 64. Washington - First in War, First in Peace (1783-97 Farewell Address; Constitution; first President; Hamilton; Green Mountain Boys [Vermont/NY]; Daniel Boone; Kentucky; French Revolution; slaves in Canada; John Jay's treaty; 3726 words; 25 min** half)
week 2: ch 65. Adams - How He Kept Peace With France (1797-1800 Tennessee; Ben Franklin; Washington DC; 875 words; 8 min)
week 3: ch 66. Jefferson - How the Territory of the United States Was Doubled (1801-03 Ohio; Cleveland; St. Clair; Wayne; Louisiana Purchase; 3 great events in USA; 1367 words; 10 min)
week 4: ch 67. Jefferson - How the Door Into the Far West Was Opened (1803-06 Lewis and Clark; Missouri River; 1975 words; 13 min)
week 5: ch 68. Jefferson - About an American Who Wanted To Be a King (1804-12 Aron Burr duels with Hamilton and tries to create his own kingdom; 1666 words; 13 min)
week 6: ch 69. Madison - The Shooting Star And the Prophet (1809-11 Tecumseh; Indiana; Harrison; Tippecanoe; 1128 words; 8 min)
week 7: ch 70. Madison - War With Great Britain (1806-16 France vs England in Canada; "war democrats;" Tecumseh helps England; USS Constitution; Perry; White House; Key's Star-Spangled Banner; Louisiana; Indiana; Constitutional elm tree; 2321 words; 16 min* half)
week 8: ch 71. Monroe - The First Whispers of a Storm - Monroe's Famous Doctrine (1818-23 Florida; Seminoles; Andrew Stonewall Jackson; the west; Mississippi; Illinois; Alabama; Missouri; Maine; slavery; Missouri Compromise; 1546 words; 10 min)
week 9: ch 72. Adams - The Tariff of Abominations (1828 manufacturing; 488 words (2nd shortest ch); 4 min)
week 10: ch 73. Jackson - "Liberty And Union, Now And Forever" - Van Buren - Hard Times (1829-1840 Old Hickory; Daniel Webster; southern states hint at breaking away; Arkansas; Michigan, SubTreasury; 2150 words; 15 min)
week 11: ch 74. Harrison - The Hero of Tippecanoe (1841 short chapter about Harrison, who died in office; 709 words; 5 min)
week 12: ch 75. Tyler - Florida Becomes a State (1845 Maine; Ashburton; Osceola; 474 words (shortest ch); 4 min)

Year 5 Term 2
week 13: ch 76. Polk - How Much Land Was Added To the United States (1836-1848 Texas; Santa Anna; Sam Houston; Iowa; Wisconsin; Oregon; California; Zachary Taylor; 2207 words; 15 min)
week 14: ch 77. Polk - The Finding of Gold (1848 Sutter; Marshall; Sacramento; wold west; gold rush; 1562 words; 11 min)
week 15: ch 78. Taylor - Union Or Disunion (1849-1850 California; Calhoun; Daniel Webster; Washington Monument; 1092 words; 8 min)
week 16: ch 79. Fillmore - The Underground Railroad (1850- California; fugitive slave law; Harriet Tubman; Uncle Tom's Cabin; 1359 words; 9 min)
week 17: ch 80. Pierce - The Story of "Bleeding Kansas" (1854-1861 Gadsden Purchase [New Mex/Arizona]; slavery; Kansas-Nebraska Bill; John Brown's revenge; 1476 words; 10 min)
week 18: ch 81. Buchanan - The Story of the Mormons (1827-1857 Minnesota; Oregon; Joseph Smith; Nauvoo [Illinois]; Brigham Young; Great Salt Lake; Utah; 1361 words; 9 min)
week 19: ch 82. Buchanan - The First Shots (1846-1861 Lincoln; Douglas; slave debates; confederacy; Fort Sumter; 1105 words; 8 min)
week 20: ch 83. Lincoln - From Bull Run To Fort Donelson (1861-63 Major Anderson; Jefferson Davis; West Virginia; Lexington; Thomas 'Stonewall" Jackson; Bull Run, "unconditional surrender" Grant; 1961 words; 14 min)
week 21: ch 84. Lincoln - The Story of the First Battle Between Ironclads (1862 warships; Merrimac; Congress; Monitor; 925 words; 8 min)
week 22: ch 85. Lincoln - The Battle of Shiloh And the Taking of New Orleans (1862 Beauregard; Butler; Farragut; Baton Rouge; Vicksburg; 1947 words; 13 min)
week 23: ch 86. Lincoln - The Slaves Are Made Free (1862-3 McClellan; grant; Lee; Bull Run; Maryland; Antietam; Proclamation of Emancipation; Fredericksburg; Burnside; 1742 words; 11 min)
week 24: ch 87. Lincoln - Chancellorsville - the Death of Stonewall Jackson (1863 "Fighting Joe" Hooker; Chancellorsville; Jackson accidentally killed by his own men; 1438 words; 10 min)

Year 5 Term 3
week 25: ch 88. Lincoln - The Battle of Gettysburg (1863 Meade; Gettysburg Address; 1444 words; 10 min)
week 26: ch 89. Lincoln - Grant's Campaign - Sheridan's Ride (1863-4 Vicksburg; Grant; Richmond; Cedar Creek; Shenandoah Valley; 2806 words; 19 min* half)
week 27: ch 90. Lincoln - Sherman's March To the Sea - Lincoln Re-elected President (1864-1865 Atlanta; Savannah; Nevada; 1406 words; 10 min)
week 28: ch 91. Lincoln - the End of the War - The President's Death (1865 Five Forks; Lee meets Grant at Appamattox; John Wilkes Booth; 1381 words; 10 min)
week 29: ch 92. Johnson - How the President Was Impeached (1865-68 carpet-baggers; Tenure of Office Bill; Nebraska; Alaska; Russia; 1353 words; 10 min)
week 30: ch 93. Grant - A Peaceful Victory (1869-1876 England helped confederates build ships; Canadian border; Colorado; 666 words; 5 min)
week 31: ch 94. Hayes - Garfield - Arthur (1877-1885 Hayes removes carpet-baggers; Garfield assassinated; Arthur fights "spoils system" of cabinet appointments; 863 words; 6 min)
week 32: ch 95. Cleveland - Harrison - Cleveland (1885-1897 North/South Dakota; Montana; Washington; Idaho; Wyoming; Chicago World's Fair; Utah; 1214 words; 9 min)
week 33: ch 96. Mckinley - War And Sudden Death (1890-99 ship of food sent to Cuba blown up by Spain; Philippines; Hawaii; Dole vs Liliuokalani; McKinley assassinated; 1928 words; 13 min)
week 34: ch 97. Roosevelt - Taft (1879-1912 Panama Canal; Oklahoma; New Mexico; Arizona; 1277 words; 13 min)
week 35: ch 98. Wilson - Troubles With Mexico (1913-16 Mexican unrest; tariffs; Currency Bill; Huerta; 1817 words; 13 min)
week 36: ch 99. Wilson - The Great War (1914-1917 US isolation ans neutrality; Germany goads US into WWI; 2023 words; 14 min)