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Children's LiteratureThis book is one in a series of travel guides. Author Gullo concentrates on the Southern part of the United States, complete with Southern culture, food, and old- time plantations. In the 1800s, Southern states produced cotton, picked by slaves on the plantations. There were two sides to the South, one of Southern society and the other of slavery. Chapter one talks about the history of the South and how Spanish explorers and conquerors came in the early sixteenth century to explore the land. By the early 1700s, slavery existed in Virginia and other Southern states. Most American slaves came from the coast of West Africa. Chapter two examines the geography and climate of the South. The dividing line between South and North is called The Mason-Dixon Line, named after two English surveyors. Chapter three is called, "Getting to the South." Travelers who wanted to visit the South used steamboats, trains, and stagecoaches in the 1800s. Plantations were a big part of Southern culture and society. There are still plantations scattered throughout the South. Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia and Shirley Plantation southeast of Richmond, Virginia are two that are often visited. Another topic explored in this book is the South's major cities. Author Gullo has given the reader a good picture of life in the past as well as the present. Black-and-white photographs, sidebars, source notes, and further reading and internet sites are given. 2006, Lucent Books, Ages 10 up.
—Della A. Yannuzzi