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Children's LiteratureWhile most Civil War histories have been focused upon the deeds and events carried out on the various battlefields of the war, a relative few historians have focused on life on the home fronts. Dale Anderson gives readers a glimpse into how life was changed by the war. Anderson touches lightly upon topics such as political developments, changing roles for women workers, loneliness, and the way in which soldiers and their loved ones communicated. Civilian life during the Civil War is a vast subject and one that can merely be introduced in this compact, illustrated volume, but Anderson does a good job. Throughout the text the author makes liberal use of first person accounts. In addition, Anderson has used a variety of original illustrations and photographs. These visual images amplify the author's narrative and afford readers a vivid understanding of the cost, nature, and sweep of the war. Even though it is part of the broader "World Almanac Library of the Civil War" this volume can be appreciated by itself. Readers will come away from this book with a better understanding of the way in which civilians shaped and were shaped by the American Civil War. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck