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VOYAThis 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.