Civil War

Overview

Brother Against Brother

During the years 1861-1865, America was a nation torn apart by war. From terrible land combat to fierce battles at sea; from mothers losing sons to brothers fighting brothers—this was a conflict that profoundly affected all that it touched...and changed our nation forever.

From the archives of the Library of Congress, often called "the Storehouse of the national memory," here are over one hundred vintage posters, ...

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Overview

Brother Against Brother

During the years 1861-1865, America was a nation torn apart by war. From terrible land combat to fierce battles at sea; from mothers losing sons to brothers fighting brothers—this was a conflict that profoundly affected all that it touched...and changed our nation forever.

From the archives of the Library of Congress, often called "the Storehouse of the national memory," here are over one hundred vintage posters, paintings, and photographs that bring the events of the Civil War vividly to life. Witness the scenes and encounters the words of those caught up in a nations at war with itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Using the vast and rich holdings of the Library of Congress, Sandler has assembled a pictorial account of this devastating war "The war between the North and the South was also the most recorded conflict the world has ever known," notes Sandler in his introduction. These graphic records were created by artists, reporters, and photographers of the time, and with the text they clearly depict the scale and scope of the Civil War and the tremendous loss of American lives-more than 600,000 men were killed. The photographs of President Lincoln in 1860 and later in 1865 reflect the terrible burden he shouldered.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Sandler writes about history in themes that speak to today's children. His books are written simply, with a sense of immediacy and peppered with stories, photos, and drawings from the Library of Congress that make history even more alive. One of his recent releases is Civil War, which documents the conflict of a "nation at war with itself." It is all done through more than 100 photographs and prints that detail the battles and other poignant moments during this civil struggle. Also in the series are Inventors, Pioneers, Cowboys, Immigrants, and Presidents.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These album-style offerings combine minimal texts, quotations, and poetry with numerous black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions. The books are attractive, but do not provide much in-depth background or analysis. Although the visual images in Civil War are well chosen and moving, there are organizational and content flaws. Sections about battles are randomly mixed with those about wartime communication and medical care. The section on turning points describes Vicksburg in a few sentences but devotes four pages to Gettysburg. On one page, Sandler has the war beginning in 1858. Also, there are no maps. William Katz's An Album of the Civil War Watts, 1974; o.p. is more useful; Joy Hakim's War, Terrible War Oxford, 1994 has more detail. Inventors fares better. Concentrating on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it is arranged thematically, with sections on famous inventors, transportation, communication, and entertainment. The author is successful at capturing the exuberant "anything is possible" attitude that so characterized the era. However, this volume does not have the depth of information found in Ira Flatow's They All Laughed HarperCollins, 1992 or Inventors and Discovers National Geographic, 1988. Additional purchases for most libraries.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064462648
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Library of Congress Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Sandler

Martin W. Sandler is the author of many books, including The Story of American Photography, which was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and is one of America's most respected television producers, with five Emmy Awards to his credit. He is the author of five other Library of Congress Books: Pioneers, Cowboys, Immigrants, Presidents, and Civil War. Mr. Sandler and his wife, Carol, live in Massachusetts.

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