Gr 8 Up
These fact-filled but dry books are heavy on the history, but light on the private lives. Readers learn, for example, that Sherman's early life was full of death and tragedy, but not how that affected him. The death of Lincoln's son Willie merits a single short paragraph, and Mary Todd Lincoln's disputed mental health is mentioned not at all. The notion that Frederick Douglass was notoriously quick to take offense is only touched upon. The relatively few black-and-white and color illustrations include portraits and photographs, and there are large sidebars that sometimes occupy most of a page, covering topics such as the "White House of the Confederacy" in Davis . Unfortunately, these titles lack a sufficient number of maps and primary sources.