Ryan's Crossing

Welcome to Reading Through History!

Welcome to Reading Through History! Be sure to check out our available lessons and education videos on YouTube. Our currently featured historical fiction novel is titled “Ryan’s Crossing”. It follows the story of Danny Stone, an American teenager who is engulfed in the hysteria and turmoil surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Join Danny and his friends as they experience those intense weeks of October, 1962.

American Advantages in the Revolutionary War

While the British enjoyed a long list of advantages, there were several American advantages during the Revolution. First, the colonists were fighting for a cause they believed in. British soldiers were fighting because it was their job, while Americans were fighting for freedom.

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The Berlin Airlift

On June 24, 1948, one of the most dramatic standoffs in the history of the Cold War began when the Soviet Union blocked all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin. For a few tense days, the world waited to see whether the United States and Soviet Union would come to blows. How was the standoff resolved?

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The D-Day Invasion

The planning for what was called Operation Overlord – the Allied invasion of France -began late in 1943. Roosevelt chose Dwight Eisenhower to command the operation, and this was when he was officially given the title of Supreme Allied Commander of the European Theater of Operations.

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How Smart Was Thomas Jefferson?

Jefferson was a genius and widely regarded to be the most intelligent president America ever had. He spoke 7 languages and played 5 musical instruments. Adams wanted him to write the Declaration of Independence because Jefferson had “A peculiar felicity for expression.”

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Jake Henderson

Jake Henderson

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If there was a Mount Rushmore for Reading Through History, Jake would have to be George Washington… the founding father, if you will. Jake Henderson was born and raised in Enid, OK, where he lived until attending college. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK where he earned a BA in History Education. He also has a Master’s Degree in History Education from SWOSU, which he earned in 2004. He has taught US History, World History, AP Government, US Government, Geography, Oklahoma History, and Psychology at the High School level for more than ten years, and he currently lives and teaches in Woodward, OK. Jake does much of the research for the Reading Through History team, as well as writing historical fiction.

Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall


If Jake is the George Washington on Reading Through History’s Mount Rushmore, then Robert must be Thomas Jefferson. Just as Jefferson helped mold and shape the nation we live in, Robert has helped mold and shape the vision of Reading Through History. Robert was raised in Butler, OK. He graduated from SWOSU where he earned a BA in History Education. He has taught U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, Geography, Oklahoma History, World Studies, Art, and Music Appreciation at the middle and high school levels since 1999. He currently teaches at Blanche Thomas High School in Sentinel, Oklahoma. Robert does research for Reading Through History, fact-checking & editing. He writes historical fiction, proof-reads, edits some more, and manages the Reading Through History Blog, as well as our Facebook content. You might call him a jack-of-all-trades.
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