Creating America: A History of the United States, Beginnings through Reconstruction, motivates students to interact with the past and see the impact of history on their lives today. The text provides a focus on early American history, from the initial migration of ancient people through the end of the Civil War. Interdisciplinary activities, hands-on workshops, and interactive exercises prompt students to think their way through historical situations. It supports all students through interactive approaches to reading, thinking, and social studies skills. The words and stories of people from America's past lend a personal perspective to the lessons. Features on civics and citizenship inspire students to become knowledgeable, active citizens who can put the lessons of the past into action today.