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Children's LiteratureWithout a doubt, it was an act of secession that began the terrible conflict called the Civil War. On December 20, 1860, the people in Charleston South Carolina celebrated because their delegates had decided to leave the Union. Within six months a total of eleven states had left the Union. It was the leaving, or seceding, that President Abraham Lincoln would not tolerate, and it was for this that he went reluctantly to war. The author tells us what it was that drove first South Carolina and then the other states to such a drastic step. What was it that made the South so different from the North? In the second chapter we get the opportunity to look into the issue of slavery and in the third chapter we see how this issue became a real and divisive problem in the United States. As time passed the division between the North and the South only became wider, and finally reached its peak which Abraham Lincoln was voted into the office of the Presidency. Southern leaders would not tolerate him being in the White House. In chapter six we see how President Lincoln tried to hold the Union together but was unable to do so. He was forced to take steps after the Confederate troops fired upon Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. There are interesting annotated illustrations, maps and pages or boxes of additional information throughout the book. At the back of the book the reader will find a timeline, a glossary, a list of suggested books for further reading, a list of "Places of Interest," a list of Internet sites, and an index. This is one of the six books in the "Civil War Events" series, and also part of the Bridgestone "Let Freedom Ring" series. 2003, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 9.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber