Children's Literature - Carolyn Dennette Michaels"America in the Time of" is a series of books, arranged chronologically--since each book focuses on an important person, the time span of the titles overlap. If the series were available as a set on a school library reference shelf, this feature could improve the value of individual volumes. Other than some interesting graphic page layouts, there seems little to recommend this book as an individual volume. Its text seems stilted and too simple for the complexity of the material covered. Specific flaws include bookmaking that allows the book's gutter to swallow the central US in the "Historical Map of America," text that disposes of polygamy with "The Mormons were always forced to leave by neighbors who did not agree with their beliefs in sharing," and "Jefferson had nine children" in this day of DNA and its implications for Sally Hemming's descendents. Famous People of the Time, Important Dates and Events, a glossary, a list of related sites and fiction, and an index complete the volume.
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