After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11, 1865, President Lincoln introduced his plan for reconstruction, warning that the coming years would be ?fraught with great difficulty.? Three days later he was assassinated. The years to come witnessed a time of complex and controversial change.
After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11, 1865, President Lincoln introduced his plan for reconstruction, warning that the coming years would be “fraught with great difficulty.” Three days later he was assassinated. The years to come witnessed a time of complex and controversial change.
Gr 7 Up-This examination of America during Reconstruction covers Lincoln's Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the troubles of freed slaves, the expansion of the nation and the plight of Native Americans, the 15th Amendment, and the women's suffrage movement. While this is well-documented nonfiction, Bolden writes in the voice of a storyteller. The excellent graphics include archival photos, political cartoons, and primary resources. Lengthy captions explain each image and why it is included. Each chapter title is a quote, which personalizes the narrative but may confound report writers looking for specific information. For example, one chapter is titled, "Why Is This, Ma?" which refers to a question put to a black Memphis schoolteacher by one of her children over their poor treatment at a train depot; the chapter largely deals with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Overall, this is a well-written and visually appealing title, but it's better for general-interest reading than for research.-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park High School, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The post-Civil War period known as Reconstruction was a revolutionary time of enormous possibility, but it ultimately was an "unfinished revolution" in racial democracy, leaving it to future generations to hash out what democracy really meant. Bolden's excellent prologue neatly frames the crux of Reconstruction: "Were freed people due anything more than freedom?" In an informative and attractive volume chock full of reproductions of period photographs, engravings and other archival materials, the story of Reconstruction is fully related. Though the writing is awkward at times, and captions sometimes take over the pages, the information is solid, and an epilogue discusses the shortcomings of Reconstruction and the issues that remain. A solid bibliography and lengthy source notes are provided, but no guide to sources for young readers. Despite the shortcomings, still the best resource to date for young readers. (maps, illustration credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)
TONYA BOLDEN is the author of several books for young readers, including Rock of Ages: A Tribute to the Black Church and The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali. She is also the editor of two books in the bestselling 33 Things series and the adapter of American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm.