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Biddy Mason's life began as an enslaved person. She had to walk 2000 miles to reach California, but once there, she gained her freedom. She became a successful nurse, midwife, and land owner, and left behind a legacy of caring and charity. This primary source reader integrates literacy and social studies content knowledge, and uses maps, letters, images, and photographs to engage students and develop their curiosity about the people and the world around them. Primary sources provide authentic nonfiction reading materials, and help students understand continuity and change over time. This Interactiv-eBook offers instructional opportunities to guide students to increased fluency and comprehension of nonfiction text. Aligned to the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and other national and state standards, it includes essential text features like a glossary, index, captions, sidebars, and table of contents to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary. The Stage It! culminating activity provides an opportunity for assessment that challenges students to apply what they have learned in an interactive way. Learn about the people who influenced California's history with this Interactiv-eBook!