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Building America: Then and Now

  • Building America: Then and Now
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Format: eBook
  • Status: Available
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New York City's Central Park
The Alaska Highway
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Eisenhower Interstate System
The Empire State Building
The Hoover Dam
The New York City Subway System
The Telephone

Reviews and Awards

"...another Chelsea House [set] done in their usual successful format...these books are good solid works. Recommended."

Library Media Connection

"...tightly focused, offering a detailed picture of the construction of the projects by concentrating on the people who were involved...Middle schoolers will find plenty of history...attractive choices for reading assignments."

School Library Journal


Not long ago, the United States was an open frontier with none of today’s conveniences. The fascinating Building America: Then and Now set features some of the most famous and important construction projects that created the country we know today. With the aid of primary source passages and full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, each engaging title teaches students the relevant history surrounding a specific project. Readers will be inspired by the triumphant stories of great feats of engineering, the innovations in technology, the coming together of a motivated workforce, and the unification of the country. The special “Building America Now” features in each title invite readers to compare the costs, building practices, and materials of more recent construction projects that continue to shape the American landscape.