The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation

by Marianne McComb
     
 

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This book describes the roots of slavery in the United States, and examines the reasons why certain people and states were for it, while others were opposed to it. It also explains why President Lincoln issued the proclamation when he did, whom the proclamation freed, and whom it did not, and some of the effects it had on future events. Readers learn about the

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This book describes the roots of slavery in the United States, and examines the reasons why certain people and states were for it, while others were opposed to it. It also explains why President Lincoln issued the proclamation when he did, whom the proclamation freed, and whom it did not, and some of the effects it had on future events. Readers learn about the differences between northern and southern economies, how slavery became a states rights issue, how Congress struggled to maintain a balance between free and slave states, and how Lincoln's election forced 11 southern states to leave the Union and hastened the beginning of the Civil War.

Includes the full text of the Proclamation, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and portions of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

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VOYA
This series covers some of the most important documents in American history, providing photos of the documents along with historical photographs and images and full text for each document. The Emancipation Proclamation goes into the background of the Civil War and the abolitionist movement. Much of the text is devoted to Lincoln's decision-making processes and the reasoning that went into making the proclamation when he did. Although McComb attempts to explore the nuances involved in the ending of slavery, space constraints result in some oversimplification. Included as well are the full text of the fugitive slave act and the amendments to the Constitution dealing with civil rights. The text is very simple, and all the topics are touched upon quite briefly. With the integrated illustrations, easy text, and short format, these works, which also include books on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, serve best as a starting point, or a quick way to find the full text of these documents. (American Documents). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2006, National Geographic, 48p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos., Ages 11 to 14.
—Teresa Copeland
Children's Literature
From the "American Documents" series published by the National Geographic Society, this edition gives the most thorough, but brief explanation of the Emancipation Proclamation for upper elementary students in recent years. Although this can often be a sensitive subject for teachers, this interesting book uses appropriate layout; extensive use of color photos, illustrations, and historical documents; as well as well-researched text to set the stage for the September 1862 event. The text goes beyond the end of the Civil War to show that the struggle for equal rights for blacks was just the beginning. The discussion of political, economic, and social events of the day provides further understanding and gives a balanced view for young readers while providing plenty of information for lively discussion. A copy of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Proclamation, and related amendments to the Constitution are reprinted in full. A glossary and index are included. 2006, National Geographic Society, and Ages 8 to 11.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These titles give clear and concise introductions to two important documents, providing historical context for their creation and comments on their impact throughout history including their place in our society today. The superior layout and illustrations enhance and reinforce the texts through a combination of high-quality reproductions, photographs, artwork, and biographical sidebars. Though Constitution lacks diagrams or maps to help explain some of the more confusing parts of American government, it is ultimately accessible. Pair it with Syl Sobel's more comprehensive The U.S. Constitution and You (Barron's, 2001) or use it to expand study after an introduction with David Catrow's incredible We the Kids (Dial, 2002). Proclamation fills a gap in the small lineup of titles about this important document. Both books will find primary use as research tools, but budding history buffs will undoubtedly be attracted to their glossy pages for browsing. Solid selections for collections in need of history or government resources.-Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792279365
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
American Documents Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marianne McComb is a writer and editor with over 50 children's books to her credit. A graduate of Miami University and the University of Chicago, she now lives in Bucks County, PA.

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