Abraham Lincoln

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Read about the life and accomplishments of President Abraham Lincoln and find out how his actions have shaped our country today. Inside you will find out:

What Lincoln's early life in rural Kentucky and Illinois was like;

Why his presidential campaign was so effective;

And how the nation reacted to his death in 1865.

Cornerstones of Freedom™ brings history to life by ...

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Overview

Read about the life and accomplishments of President Abraham Lincoln and find out how his actions have shaped our country today. Inside you will find out:

What Lincoln's early life in rural Kentucky and Illinois was like;

Why his presidential campaign was so effective;

And how the nation reacted to his death in 1865.

Cornerstones of Freedom™ brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history with engaging text, primary source materials, historical photographs, maps, and timelines.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Troisi
The 3rd edition "Cornerstones of Freedom" series invites young readers to become history investigators—examine the evidence, people and witnesses to bring history to life. This biography of Abraham Lincoln explores his entire life in a clear writing style, complete with extra features that add detail and depth of information. The first chapter sets the scene of the United States experiencing the Industrial Revolution, but north and south disagreeing "about politics, morals, and the economy." With the nation teetering on the brink of dissolution, the election of a new president like Lincoln was needed to deal with the country's division and the slavery issue. Chapters 1 to 4 elaborate on his humble beginnings, vision and rise in politics, thirst to be president, civil war and slavery. It's a story of highs and intense lows, marked by bitter disappointment, tragic personal losses, stress of a civil war and a tragic death. "The Story Continues" (back matter) focuses on Lincoln's contributions in equal rights and freedom in our country and throughout the world. Sidebars spotlight events of the times (newspaper headlines and articles, Firsthand Look, Today's Perspective and photo ops) to expand his life story. Archival artworks and photography bring alive the times and events of historic life. Other enrichment opportunities for students include maps of events, influential individuals, timelines, living history (online primary resources, books and web sites) and a glossary. The easy-to-read narrative of this informational title is complemented with bold, bright captions and colorful highlights that will tempt readers and includes a table of contents and index. Recommended resource to support social studies curriculum for grades 4 to 6.
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This book was reviewed with three additional books in the "A True Book" series (see also Slavery in America, The Confederate States of America, The Civil War). All the books reviewed from this series utilized the identical format, with a "factoid" highlighted on the cover and then a page highlighting two "True or False" questions whose answers can be found in the text. A Table of Contents guides readers to five to seven short chapters with one chapter in each volume entitled "The Big Truth," although it is not clear why that chapter stands out from the others. Text is followed by "True Statistics," "Resources" (websites, places and books), "Important Words" (glossary), a solid Index, and a brief author biography. All books are amply illustrated with photographs (both black and white and color), occasional maps, and reproductions of drawings and artwork. Several of these are duplicated across the four books reviewed. A very minimal "Timeline..." illustrates four events in each volume. For example, here we find the years when Lincoln was born, he debated Douglas, the Civil War started, and he was assassinated, while other significant events, e.g., the year he was elected or the date of the Gettysburg address are not included. Although such events may be described in the text, a more comprehensive chronology would have been valuable. There are no sources cited for facts, which is of concern mainly because they vary from book to book and/or are occasionally unclear. For example, in this volume, the "True Statistics" state that "more than 360,000" soldiers died in the Civil War; whereas, on the cover of The Confederate States of America (by the same author), we read, "About 620,000 soldiers died during the Civil War." The chapters in this book provide a brief biography, information about Lincoln's stand on slavery and his reasons for going to war, as well as other accomplishments during his time as president. Overall these books are adequate for a classroom or school library needing materials on the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531266212
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Scholastic True Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 313,526
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene: A House Divided 6

Chapter 1 Humble Beginnings 8

Chapter 2 A Man of Vision 18

Chapter 3 The Making of a President 26

Chapter 4 Trial by Fire 36

Chapter 5 The Making of a Legend 44

Map of the Events: What Happened Where? 52

The Story Continues: A New Birth of Freedom 54

Influential Individuals 56

Timeline 58

Living History 60

Resources 61

Glossary 62

Index 63

About the Author 64

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