"A History of Us" by Joy Hakim is the story of the United States told through well-written, vivid, short biographies and hundreds of period illustrations, political cartoons, etchings and photographs.
Though the language is easily understandable when read to children in the elementary grades, the attention to detail and the topics covered serve well for older students. Can also serve as a pleasant adult reference for American history.
Extensive notes in the Sonlight 100 Instructor's Guide offer counter-arguments to some of Hakim's perspectives and help children develop critical thinking skills. The Sonlight history selection has eleven Oversize Pb volumes, profusely illustrated.