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History Reading Passages

Works of history explore a person, event, or other meaningful part of the past. These works examine the subject in detail, especially as the subject relates to subsequent events or how the subject had an impact on society. 

(131) Results for History Reading Passages

Primary Source: Opening of the Panama Canal

from The Times-Picayune, August 16, 1914

The impact of the Panama Canal on world transportati...

679 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Point of View, Summary

Primary Source: Washington Monument Is Almost Finished

from Wisconsin State Journal, January 2, 1885

The Washington Monument is an iconic memorial on the...

635 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Summary

Primary Source: The Statue of Liberty

from Huntsville (Alabama) Gazette, November 6, 1886

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1...

734 Words, 8th-11th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, Summary

Eyewitness: Jack London and the San Francisco Earthquake

by Jack London

Jack London was known for his adventure novels such ...

888 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Summary

Defence of Ft. McHenry: The Original Star Spangled Banner

by Francis Scott Key

Before it was the "The Star-Spangled Banner," the ly...

412 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, Summary

Primary Source: Mother's Day Oberved All Over America

by Boston Herald Monday, May 11, 1914

Today Mother's Day is a special day around the world...

627 Words, 4th-10th Grades, Context Clues, Summary

Mary Chesnut: News of Lincoln's Assassination

by Mary Boykin Chesnut from A Diary from Dixie

This diary entry from a Confederate general's wife r...

381 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Point of View

Football Days: A Yale Nightmare

by William H. Edwards from Football Days: Memories of The Game and of the Men Behind the Ball

Chapter XVIII passage: College football in the Unite...

748 Words, 6th-10th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Mary Chesnut: The Firing on Ft. Sumter

by Mary Boykin Chesnut from A Diary from Dixie

Mary Chesnut (1823-1886) was an upper class South Ca...

776 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, Summary

Helen's Views on Friends

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter XXIII passage: In her dark and silent world...