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Documenting History

documenting history


World Book’s Documenting History is a 12-volume set that examines important aspects of modern history through a range of historical documents and primary source materials. Among the historical developments featured in this set are the African American struggle for civil rights and the worldwide movement for female suffrage. The volumes include historic documents, such as photos, letters, illustrations, eyewitness accounts, interviews, news reports, radio transcripts, and official documents. The materials are woven into a coherent overview of the topic that brings such historic events as the U.S. Civil War and World War II to life while teaching the importance of primary source research.


The historic events covered by the series include Australia’s Aboriginal rights movement; the African American civil rights movement; the American Civil War; Canadian independence; the Chinese Revolution; the federation of Australia; the Great Depression of the 1930’s; the movement for independence for India and Pakistan; South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement; the women’s suffrage movement; World War II in Europe; and World War II in the Pacific.


Each volume of Documenting History is a mini-archive of primary historical materials about the topic, and each is a convenient summary of and guide to relevant content for document-based learning. The books have been designed to be a student-friendly, entertaining introductions to primary source research. All spreads include a “Now You Know” review of what the reader has learned. Upper-level vocabulary is defined contextually. World Book’s Documenting History was designed to correlate with standard state and provincial social studies curriculum. Each contains a timeline, list of sources, list of recommended additional resources, and an index. 

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Aboriginal Rights Movement

African American Civil Rights Movement

American Civil War

Canadian Independence

Chinese Revolution

Federation of Australia

The Great Depression

Independence of India and Pakistan

South Africa's Anti-Apartheid Movement

Women's Right to Vote

World War II in Europe

World War II in the Pacific

Key Features

  • Colorful design and easy-to-read content offer a non-intimidating introduction to document-based learning
  • Upper-level vocabulary is defined contextually
  • "Now You Know" provides recap of each topic
  • Each volume offers a mini-archive of primary source material about the topic
  • Content reflects state and provincial standards
  • The set is a convenient summary of and guide to relevant topical content for students more versed in document-based learning

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“It would be a useful set in school or public reference collections or as a companion to history textbooks in the classroom. Students are the intended audience, but anyone interested in learning more about pivotal historical events around the world will find this set useful.”

American Reference Books Annual 2011


“With the current emphasis on primary sources in social studies curricula, students need examples of such resources and guidance in utilizing them in their research. (Documenting History) provides a simple, accessible introduction to using primary sources.”

Library Media Connection, Aug. / Sept. 2011

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