Civil War America, 1850 To 1875

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up
Between 1850 and 1875, government bureaucracy expanded and began detailed, systematic record keeping, providing "the first three-dimensional picture of the American people that far transcended the economically driven decennial census reports." Civil War-related statistics were not the only numbers collected; also documented were such aspects of life as religion, education, cost of living, and travel accidents. The 20 chapters here provide these statistics and accompanying essays on topics including climate, natural disasters, Native American life, politics, cities, "Representative Americans" (brief biographies of famous people of the time), architecture, science, the arts, popular culture, crime, and violence. The final chapter provides commentary on and excerpts from 12 important documents of the period, including literature such as Leaves of Grass and Mary Chestnut's Civil War Diaries ; legislation, such as the Homestead Act; and a reproduction of pages from Montgomery Ward & Company's mail-order catalog of January 1874. Numerous black-and-white reproductions of paintings, maps, photographs, and illustrations fill the pages. But the heart of the volume is the charts. The numbers are fascinating, such as the weekly grocery bill for a Richmond family, 1860 versus 1863; pauper population of the United States by race, 1870; annual college expenses at some leading U.S. schools, mid 1800s. A tremendous amount of data is presented in small-print, two-columned pages, and sometimes in pallid document reproductions. Nonetheless, the volume will have wide appeal, intriguing students with an endless tale of numbers that reflect a burgeoning Americancharacter.
—Patricia Ann OwensCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816038671
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Almanacs of American Life Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Climate, natural history, and historical geography 1
2 Disasters, natural and human-made 24
3 Native American life 42
4 Chronology, 1850 to 1875 55
5 The economy 70
6 Transportation 93
7 Population 114
8 Religion 142
9 Government and politics 152
10 The Civil War 225
11 States and territories 249
12 Major cities 271
13 Representative Americans 285
14 Education 301
15 Arts, letters, music, and theater 320
16 Architecture and design 354
17 Science and technology 365
18 Medicine and psychiatry 386
19 Popular culture 403
20 Crime, vice, and violence 432
21 Selected documents 452
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