Day That Changed America: Gettysburg: The Legendary Battle and the Address that Inspired a Nation (A Day That Changed America Series)

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It was the bloodiest battle ever fought on North American soil. In three days, more than 50,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were killed in the hills and fields surrounding Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Several months later, on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg to help dedicate the cemetery where row upon row of graves marked the men lost in battle. His moving speech, which took only two minutes to recite, would inspire the nation and stay in the ...

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Overview

It was the bloodiest battle ever fought on North American soil. In three days, more than 50,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were killed in the hills and fields surrounding Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Several months later, on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg to help dedicate the cemetery where row upon row of graves marked the men lost in battle. His moving speech, which took only two minutes to recite, would inspire the nation and stay in the hearts and minds of Americans forever.

Provides a short history of the Battle of Gettysburg and the commemorative address President Lincoln made there during the Civil War.

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A new title in the "A Day That Changed America" series, this reference text provides readers a comprehensive look at the Battle of Gettysburg and the people and events surrounding it. Told in story form, the work paints a clear, honest, and often disturbing portrait of life during war, one that a distanced, more abstract telling could not provide. Readers are there on the battlefield, seeing, smelling, feeling the horror right along side the soldiers who lived, fought, and died on that same ground. The text begins and ends with details regarding Abraham Lincoln's famous address and its delivery. The remaining chapters delineate the movement of soldiers, key events of the battle, and the eventual defeat of General Lee and his men. Excerpts from speeches of Lincoln and Edward Everett, as well as the words of other key individuals, lend authenticity, and information boxes highlight background and supplemental details regarding the American Civil War, children left without fathers as a result of war, burial practices, and legends that arose from both fact and fiction. The text, although highly descriptive and thus capable of producing powerful images in readers' minds, is enhanced further by historical photographs, true-to-life paintings, and artifacts such as war posters and maps. A glossary, index, and lists of recommended readings and websites are included. The absence of a table of contents, however, limits ease of use. A thoughtful, well-written work that will help students witness history in a powerfully real way. 2003, Madison Press/Hyperion, Ages 11 to 16.
— Wendy Glenn
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This series, with its striking covers that suggest the front pages of period newspapers, highlights major events and their significance in American history. Gettysburg provides details of the bloody battle and the text of Abraham Lincoln's memorable speech that honored its heroic dead. Beginning with a description of the battlefield dedication ceremony in which Edward Everett delivered a long speech before President Lincoln was invited to give "a few remarks," Tanaka highlights the environment of the small Pennsylvania town and the impact of the war on it before analyzing each day's key fights, the commanders, and the Union and Confederate strategies. Quotes from primary sources and sidebars highlight personalities and artifacts from the battle. Tanaka conveys all the tension and the battlefield drama for her middle school audience. Full-color maps, black-and-white photographs, and Craig's dramatic colorful paintings help to make this series an excellent resource for school assignments or for young readers interested in history. Older students completing a more detailed report would need to seek additional information. A third series title covers D-Day. (A Day That Changed America).. VOYA Codes 4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Hyperion, 48p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading., Ages 11 to 14.
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Gr 4-8-With covers designed to look like banner headline stories, these books about two formative days enhance American history lessons. Briefer than the "Sieges That Changed the World" series (Chelsea), these volumes are more visually appealing with simple prose, spreads that show diagrams of the respective battlefields, and a look at the inevitable legends that arose from the carnage. (Curiously, Stephen F. Austin, who continued his father's mission of encouraging Anglo colonization of the Mexican-owned land called Texas, merits no mention in the cursory look at the legendary last stand at the Alamo). Craig's full- and double-page paintings supplement archival photographs in these picture-book formatted slices of history. Sidebars and brief, age-appropriate lists for further reading help make the re-creations of each day a bit more accessible-and memorable.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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