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Children's LiteratureThe "Civil War Library" series "introduces the major issues, events and people of this terrible war." This particular title begins with a discussion of the establishment of slavery in the United States. The following chapters describe the growing Northern opposition to the institution of slavery, the ensuing war and finally the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation,which did not free a single slave—only slaves in the rebel states were freed and obviously their owners did not comply with this Presidential order. Emancipation would only happen if the Union won the war. Page after page of colorful and captioned illustrations will capture and keep young readers' attention. Occasional sidebars give additional information on some topics. At the end of the book, readers will find a timeline, glossary, chapter notes, a list of books and websites where one can learn more about this subject and an index. An excellent addition to school and classroom libraries. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 8 to 9.
—Anita Barnes Lowen