The first American Girl Dolls debuted in 1986 and are the creation of Pleasant T. Rowland and the Pleasant Company; 13 years later, the Pleasant Company was acquired by Mattel. Originally, there were three dolls, each representing a different historical period in American history; today, there are nine historical dolls, representing the mid-1700s and continuing through the 1970s. The dolls from the 1700s are colonial girls who struggle to reconcile ideas of American independence with loyalty to England during the Revolutionary War and a Nez Perce girl who learns about trustworthiness and loyalty from a hero in her culture. The 1800s, are represented by a New Mexican girl who preserves tradition after her mother dies, a pioneer girl living in a new land with a ...

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