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Children's LiteraturePart of the "We the People" series which, "examines key events that have shaped the course of the nation," this text belongs to a subgroup of titles that explore the many roles of famous, and not-so-famous, women of the time. Each "Great Women" book follows a similar format beginning with background material about the time and then progressing to chapters about the activities of specific women during the era. Each book is written at a 3rd- to 5th-grade reading level with many graphics and relatively few words per page. This makes this series particularly helpful for struggling readers who are studying the regular fifth-grade social studies curriculum of United States' history. Each book contains numerous research tools, such as a glossary, timeline, additional facts and summaries on the people mentioned. Additional print and internet resources are also included. This particular title features both white and African-American women who took part in the Civil War on both sides, often in surprising ways. Famous women like Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin; Sojourner Truth, abolitionist; Harriet Tubman, celebrated for leading many slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad; and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, are discussed in detail. There is also a chapter about female spies that explores the activities of lesser-known women during this conflict. These many compelling short portraits may excite students and encourage they to learn more about these often-overlooked heroines of the time, and the book will complement any classroom library focused on United States history. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.