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VOYAHistory sparkles in this new series. The entries in these volumes focus on the movers and shakers on both sides of the slavery issue. Filled with photographs, paintings, and maps, these action-packed biographies read like fiction. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, originally wrote it as a newspaper serial. Caught off guard by the story's instant success, Stowe, too, never stopped her tireless efforts to end slavery, despite the hate mail that the book generated. This shy woman found herself thrust into the spotlight. Wildly popular in Europe, she spent years speaking against slavery. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln dubbed her "the little lady who wrote the book that started this great war." Haugen fills out the rest of Stowe's influential life with rich detail and illuminating sidebars. This entire beautifully wrought series, which also includes books on Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, and William Lee Garrison among others, is highly recommended for school and public libraries. (Signature Lives: Civil War Era). VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
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