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Children's LiteratureFrom 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subject for teachers, this interesting book uses appropriate layout; extensive use of color photos, illustrations, and historical documents; as well as well-researched text to set the stage for the September 1862 event.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.