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December, 2002:
Q: Where can I find nonfiction books about Sojourner Truth for 3rd graders? (Sue)
A: The IMA Hero™ Sojourner Truth Bookstore is categorized into "ages 4-8" and "ages 9-12," therefore, you may find books relevant to 3rd graders in both categories. We recommend A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth for young readers who are first reading about Sojourner Truth. (We also recommend any "Picture Book" by David A. Adler as an introduction to biographies for young readers.) The Amazon.com review for Walking the Road to Freedom mentions it was a useful book for 3rd grade book reports and biography assignments.
>>Browse Sojourner Truth's Bookstore
>>Browse the African-American History Bookstore
>>Visit Sojourner Truth's Links

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November, 2002:
Q: How many people were present when Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address? (Martin from Chicago)
A:
About 15,000 people. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony of the National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. This cemetery was established to honor the brave men who had fought and died at the battle of Gettysburg from July 1 to July 3, 1863.
>>Read the entire Gettysburg Address
>>Read about Abe Lincoln
>>Read about the times in which Abe Lincoln lived
>>Browse Abe Lincoln's Books
>>View Photos of Abe Lincoln

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October, 2002:
Q: What was Christopher Columbus looking for originally when he sailed in 1492?
A:
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed west from Spain across the Ocean Sea looking for a new trade route to the Far East. Today, the Ocean Sea is known as the Atlantic Ocean. The Far East is made up of the countries of India, China, and Japan. The Far East got this name from the Europeans -- from the European point of view, India, China, and Japan were located far to the east of Europe. The Europeans traded with the Far East for spices, jewels, gold, ivory, pearls, and silk. Did you know the Far East is also known as the Indies?
>>View photos of Christopher Columbus
>>Read about Christopher Columbus
>>Read about the times in which Christopher Columbus lived
>>Browse Christopher Columbus' Bookstore

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September, 2002:
Q: When was the Emancipation Proclamation issued?
A:
On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation stating the Emancipation Proclamation would take effect on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation freed about 4 million African-Americans held as slaves in the Southern states.
The Emancipation Proclamation states, "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom."
>>Read about Abe Lincoln
>>Read about the times in which Abe Lincoln lived
>>Browse Abe's Bookstore
>>View Photos of Abe Lincoln
>>Read the Emancipation Proclamation

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August, 2002:
Q: Who were the first people in space?
A:
Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gherman Titov, and John Glenn.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the first person in space and the first person to orbit the earth. His one-orbit flight lasted one hour and 48 minutes. His spacecraft was Vostok.
On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard (U.S. Astronaut) was the second person and first American in space. His spacecraft was Freedom 7.
On July 21, 1961, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (U.S. Astronaut) was the third person and second American in space. His spacecraft was Liberty Bell 7.
In August, 1961, Gherman Titov (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the fourth person and second Russian in space. He was the second person to orbit the earth. His orbit lasted 24 hours. His spacecraft was Vostok 2.
On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., (U.S. Astronaut) was the fifth person and third American in space. He was also the first American to orbit the earth. He made three orbits around earth in five hours. His spacecraft was Friendship 7.
When will you fly in space?
>>Interested in Space Camp?
>>Visit Alan Shepard's Photos & Links
>>Visit our NASA & Space Links
>>Browse our Extended Space Bookstore
>>From Your Page: April 29, 2002
Photo Credits: NASA

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July, 2002:
Q: What coupons are available from IMA Hero™? (Jackie P.)
A:
The IMA Hero™ Collection offers its customers a variety of money savings options. Click Here for a QUICK & EASY Savings of 10% - 25% OFF your next online purchase. Also, check out our Gift Ideas for Under $20.
>>IMA Hero™ Specials
>>Gift Ideas for Under $20

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June, 2002:
Q:
Who invented the space shuttle? (Denise M., Librarian)
A: NASA is credited with the development of the Space Shuttle. The development of the Space Shuttle occurred over time and in increments. It involved several NASA facilities (including Marshall Space Flight Center), many private companies contracting with NASA (including Rocketdyne and McDonnell Douglas), and different task forces appointed by the government (including the Space Task Group).
>>View Photos about Space, NASA, and Manned Missions
>>Browse our Extended Space Bookstore
>>Read about Space Shuttle Basics (NASA)
>>Read about Columbia - the First Space Shuttle Orbiter (NASA)

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May, 2002:
Q:
Where can I find books on Space?
A:
In our NEW Extended Bookstore about Space! Choose from:
Astronauts in General
Biographies
Manned Missions

Moon Landings

Space & the Universe

The Moon
The Planets & Our Solar System
The Sun
Stars & Stargazing
Rockets & Spacecrafts
The Hubble Telescope
NASA Mission Reports
Also, check out our NEW Extended Earth Bookstore!
>>SPACE Extended Bookstore
>>EARTH Extended Bookstore
>>Browse our Online Bookstore for books about your favorite Heroes

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April 29, 2002:
Q: Who were the first people in space?
A:
Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gherman Titov, and John Glenn.
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the first person in space and the first person to orbit the earth. His one-orbit flight lasted one hour and 48 minutes. His spacecraft was Vostok.
On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard (U.S. Astronaut) was the second person and first American in space. His spacecraft was Freedom 7.
On July 21, 1961, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (U.S. Astronaut) was the third person and second American in space. His spacecraft was Liberty Bell 7.
In August, 1961, Gherman Titov (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the fourth person and second Russian in space. He was the second person to orbit the earth. His orbit lasted 24 hours. His spacecraft was Vostok 2.
On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., (U.S. Astronaut) was the fifth person and third American in space. He was also the first American to orbit the earth. He made three orbits around earth in five hours. His spacecraft was Friendship 7.
When will you fly in space?
>>Interested in Space Camp?
>>Visit Alan Shepard's Photos & Links
>>Visit our NASA & Space Links
>>Browse our Extended Space Bookstore
Photo Credits: NASA

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April 22, 2002:
Q: Where can I find pictures of Sacagawea?
A:
Pictures of Sacagawea are either drawings or sketches (because she lived before the invention of the camera) or photographs of statues. You can find some of these photos on the IMA Hero™ Web Site on Sacagawea's Photos & Links Main Page.
>>Read about Sacagawea
>>Read about the times in which Sacagawea lived
>>Browse Sacagawea's Bookstore

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April 15, 2002:
Q: Who were the minutemen? (Eve, age 10)
A:
Minutemen were civilians who fought for the American colonies during the American Revolution against the British Army or Redcoats. The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775, in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. It officially ended on September 3, 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed. In the Treaty of Paris, England recognized the independence of the colonies, and the United States of America was born. Did you know minutemen got their name because they had to be ready to fight at a minute's notice?
>>Visit Minute Man National Historical Park
>>Take a Tour of Minute Man National Historical Park
>>Read about the American Revolution
>>Browse the American Revolution Bookstore

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April 8, 2002:
Q: Is Appomattox Court House a city or a court house? (Jackson, age 12)
A:
Appomattox Court House is the name of the town where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. It is located in Virginia. This town was originally named Clover Hill. In 1845, Appomattox County was formed, and Clover Hill was the county seat. At this time in Virginia, it was customary to name the county seat as the name of the county followed by "Court House." Because the county was Appomattox, the county seat was renamed to Appomattox Court House.
To confuse the matter, there is a courthouse in Appomattox Court House. It is called the Appomattox Courthouse (as opposed to Appomattox Court House, the town). Today, the courthouse is the Visitor Center for Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
Did you know the surrender of the Confederate Army occurred at the McLean House in Appomattox Court House (the town)? It did not occur at the actual courthouse building.
>>Read about Appomattox Court House (the town)
>>Read about the Appomattox Courthouse (the courthouse)

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April 1, 2002:
Q: How did the Red Cross begin? (William Y.)
A:
The International Red Cross was founded by Jean Henri Dunant in 1864, as an international society of volunteers who cared for sick and wounded soldiers and prisoners of war.
>>Read about the Red Cross

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