Children's LiteratureThis chronicles the story of the thirteenth president, one of the least known in the "Presidents" series. Curious readers will discover how Fillmore fulfilled the American dream. Born in a log cabin in Western New York, he managed to become educated, join the legal profession, and land a career in politics that took him to the White House. Vice President Fillmore took over as president when Zachary Taylor died of cholera. Fillmore's short term in office (1850-1853) was at a crucial time in history. He was able to postpone the Civil War by ten years upon assuring that a series of bills (the Compromise of 1850) passed in the Senate to maintain a balance of power between the slave and free states. One of these bills was the extremely controversial Fugitive Slave Act that required federal authorities to return runaway slaves to their owners. Though he was against slavery himself, Fillmore was more concerned to preserve the Union in the only way he saw how. Purchasers of the book are given access to prescreened Internet links on topics relevant to this study. There are also footnotes and a bibliography to lead the reader to other book sources. The format of this volume mimics the Internet with illustrations taken directly from the Web sites. There are also other interesting paintings and photos of the self-made man and his contemporaries. Here is a good start on a topic that not many people (even teachers) know much about. 2003, MyReportLinkscom Books/Enslow Publishers, Ages 10 up.
Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.