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Children's LiteratureAfter briefly discussing the role of freedom and colonial expansion in United States history, Armstrong delves into the issue of slavery in this country in the mid-1800s. For the North, the Civil War was as much, if not more, about preserving the Union as freeing the slaves. This, of course, reflected President Lincoln's opinion. Short examinations of Lincoln's life and evolving views and of the course of the Civil War lead the reader to Lincoln's journey to Gettysburg to dedicate the cemetery there. His thoughtful, powerful three-minute speech followed a two-hour oration; yet in his brief remarks he dedicated more than a cemetery, he dedicated the entire war. An epilogue explains why there are some discrepancies in versions of the exact text. Armstrong's conversational tone, the relatively large font, and Lorenz's informative, black-and-white drawings combine to make an interesting, readable introduction to this famous speech. 2003, Simon and Schuster/Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 8 to 12.
— Peg Glisson