This six-book set highlights the causes and events that shaped the tumultuous period of U.S. history in the 1800s with nonfiction readers and biographies including: The War of 1812: By the Dawn's Early Light, 19th Century Innovations: Paving the Way, Abolitionists: What We Need Is Action, Causes of the Civil War: A House Divided, The Civil War: Brother Against Brother, and Reconstruction: Freedom Delayed. The engaging images of artifacts, maps, government documents and other primary sources provide students with a deeper understanding of this era and help history come alive. Students will gain valuable content knowledge as well as strong literacy skills to support comprehension and vocabulary development as they interact with text features in these books, including captions, bold print, glossaries and indexes. The "Your Turn!" activities continue to challenge students as they extend their learning and use the text to support their understanding.