The Gettysburg Address

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Provides an overview of slavery in America, the election and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, leading to the writing of Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.

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Provides an overview of slavery in America, the election and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, leading to the writing of Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.

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Children's Literature
In November of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln journeyed to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There, the previous July, the Union and Confederates armies of the east had waged the most cataclysmic battle of the Civil War. In three days of brutal combat over 52,000 men had been killed, wounded, or captured. Over the ensuing months the bodies of thousands of these fallen soldiers had been reburied in order to return the surrounding countryside as well as the town of Gettysburg to some semblance of normalcy. Funds had been raised to establish a national cemetery at Gettysburg where Union boys were interred by their home states. Hundreds of these tombstone markers bore a one word epitaph for these fallen lads—UNKNOWN. As Mr. Lincoln approached the podium he held in his hand a speech of less than 300 words. Little did he know that this speech, which was to be known as the Gettysburg Address, was to become one of the most revered orations in American history. In this concise illustrated work, author Burgan does an outstanding job of recreating the moment in which Mr. Lincoln expressed the heartfelt feelings of many Americans, then and now, regarding their republic. This is a fine book as it combines a well-developed story with relevant illustrations. Young historians will gain from this work and the way it has been crafted. 2006, Capstone Press, $ 23.93. Ages 8 to 10.
—Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442038486
  • Publisher: Baker & Taylor, CATS
  • Publication date: 7/10/2009
  • Series: We the People Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States.
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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