The Diary of Susie King Taylor, Civil War Nurse

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Children's Literature
We know about people who have done great things throughout history. But do we know about common ones who have done extraordinary things? The series "In My Own Words" offers four titles about those common people. This one of Susie King Taylor, Civil War nurse, demonstrates the true feelings of the woman since it is her autobiography. She offers a clear picture of her life from that of a slave child to an excellent nurse and a free woman. The reader is kept abreast of history with her basic and logical telling of her life. Her sense of being a proud and strong woman is noted. Chapters are short with subtitles, which help a reader sort through and easily understand the information. A bonus comes in the form of pages of tan parchment paper pointing out extra historical information. The pages are scattered through the text. After reading one there is anticipation for the rest. Some topics covered include the first black regiment in the war, what soldiers ate, Clara Barton's quest, and the wartime smallpox epidemic. This book becomes an asset when placed in classrooms learning about the Civil War or slavery. It instills inspiration from a common person with a worthy life. 2004, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 8 to 14.
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The past comes strikingly to light in these first-person accounts. Stewart made a fresh start for herself and her baby daughter by homesteading in Wyoming in 1909. Through a series of letters to a friend in Denver, she describes the wide-open land, fierce snowstorms, lively neighbors, and her marriage to a rancher. By contrast, Taylor's story is told through excerpts from a self-published autobiography. As a black nurse during the Civil War, Taylor ministered to soldiers in the Union's all-black units. She traveled with them throughout most of the conflict and witnessed many battles. She also writes about the difficulties her people faced in the years after the war. These accessible books read like fiction. However, as primary documents, they relate details and events that lend an air of authenticity and provide a balanced portrayal of life. An editor's note explains that the texts have been abridged for clarity. Each woman emerges as strong and extraordinary as she becomes the hero of her own story. Both titles contain full-color illustrations and sidebars providing historical background. Fans of the "Dear America" series (Scholastic) and the "American Girls" collection (Pleasant Co.) will enjoy these real-life historical adventures.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761416487
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: In My Own Words 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
My Childhood 15
Life in Camp 22
Military Expeditions 27
Caring for the "Boys" 35
The Final Days of War 45
A New Life 53
Editor's Note 69
Glossary 71
To Learn More about the Civil War and Reconstruction 74
Index 77
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