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The Aftermath of the Civil War

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The Civil War may have ended in 1865 for the United States, but the battles were not over for the newly united country. Struggles continued in the political arena -- over rights for the newly freed slaves and the treatment of Confederate states and their leaders. Reconstruction changed the South, but while blacks may have gained their freedom, they were denied equality. The effects of the Civil War continue to ripple through the nations history.
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Overview

The Civil War may have ended in 1865 for the United States, but the battles were not over for the newly united country. Struggles continued in the political arena -- over rights for the newly freed slaves and the treatment of Confederate states and their leaders. Reconstruction changed the South, but while blacks may have gained their freedom, they were denied equality. The effects of the Civil War continue to ripple through the nations history.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The end of the Civil War in 1865 was really more of a beginning than a conclusion. While it was true that the military phase of the transformation that was wrought by the Civil War was over, many other chapters in that change process were to still unfold. In "The World Almanac Library of the Civil War" series, Anderson offers readers a great deal of information and substance regarding a set of events that truly opened the door to the modern era of American history. In this particular work Anderson touches upon the tumultuous Reconstruction period. The fate of African Americans is highlighted as well as the backlash that has dogged American race relations up to the present day. Anderson also describes social, economic, and political events spawned by the violent war years. Finally, Anderson relates the way in which many of the issues that caused the Civil War persist, such as sectionalism and racism. However, the Union victory in the Civil War converted a loose confederation of individual states into a unified nation of great force. Anderson's creative and informative manner has created a useful book. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-While series on the Civil War are rather common, this one stands apart by presenting a wide breadth of topics in a concise way. These four titles offer accessible overviews for students just becoming acquainted with this period in American history, and who are challenged to understand the big picture as opposed to the more specific aspects studied later on. All of the books begin with similar introductions summarizing events up to that point and the significance of the part about to be told. The sections that follow provide interesting facts in a quick format that divides the chapters by topical headlines accompanied by several paragraphs of information. This makes it possible even for history haters to get through the material in appropriate blocks of action. Many important individuals are profiled in frequent sidebars, and clear maps and extremely helpful photographs, illustrations, and reproductions are everywhere, many in full color. Also featured are first-person quotes and short paragraphs on additional items of interest such as "Women Soldiers" (Soldier's Life) and Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address" (Union Victory). Anderson has kept his audience in mind throughout his writing, and students will therefore learn and benefit from these titles.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836855975
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
  • Publication date: 1/4/2004
  • Series: World Almanac Library of the Civil War Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 The Cost of the War 6
Chapter 2 President Lincoln's Reconstruction 10
Chapter 3 African Americans in the South 14
Chapter 4 President and Congress Fight 18
Chapter 5 Changes in the South 23
Chapter 6 Impact of the War on the North 31
Chapter 7 Perspectives on the War 35
Chapter 8 The Lasting Impact 40
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
Further Resources 46
Index 47
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