American Girl, headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin, offers exciting products for each stage of a young girl’s evolution — from her preschool days of baby dolls and fiction play through her middle-school years of self-expression and character. Through an array of premium-quality books, clothes, dolls, toys, and accessories, American Girl has earned the honor of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators.
The Historical Characters line of 18-inch dolls were originally the primary focus of Pleasant Company. This product line tries to teach aspects of American history through a six-book series from the perspective of a 9- to an 11-year-old girl living in that period. Although the books signed for an eight to the twelve-year-old target audience, they try to cover essential topics such as child labor, child abuse, poverty, racism, slavery, animal abuse, and the war in manners appropriate for the understanding and responsiveness of their young audience.