Born in violent revolution, the United States has been defined by military conflict. War has solved conflicts and shaped US policies. It has influenced the nation's culture, redefined its place in the world, and taken thousands of lives. Essential Library of American Wars chronicles these struggles and their causes. Readers will examine key battles and meet heroic leaders that changed the course of each war. They will explore essential technologies and weapons, and experience the war from the perspective of the foot soldier or concerned citizen. Oversized photographs and easy-to-read text allow students to delve into Essential Library of American Wars and discover the impact each war had on the nation's history and the lives of its citizens. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.