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Children's LiteratureAn entry in the "Events That Shaped America" series, this book explains a major event that shaped U. S. history, the people who shaped it, and briefly reviews the consequences. (The book ends with a captioned picture of Condoleezza Rice). The convention at Seneca Falls in 1848 was the first time people had gathered publicly to discuss the role of women in governing the country. Sidebars explain the temper of the times by discussing the Lowell mill girls and the Temperance Movement, and by profiling Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass. In addition, substantial picture captions give more information of interest to those wishing to get a broad picture of the times. Text is easy to read and broken up by pictures, quotes from primary sources, maps, sidebars and captions (which can encourage readers or distract them). A glossary, time line, suggestions for action, further sources for more information, and an index are included. 2005, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.