War, Terrible War (A History of US Series #6)

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Riveting and moving, War, Terrible War takes us into the heart of the Civil War, from the battle of Manassas to the battle of Gettysburg and on to the South's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Follow the common soldiers in blue and gray as they endure long marches, freezing winter camps, and the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil. Off the war fields, War, Terrible War captures the passion and commitment of abolitionists and slaveowners alike in their fiery debates throughout the land. With profiles...
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Overview

Riveting and moving, War, Terrible War takes us into the heart of the Civil War, from the battle of Manassas to the battle of Gettysburg and on to the South's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Follow the common soldiers in blue and gray as they endure long marches, freezing winter camps, and the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil. Off the war fields, War, Terrible War captures the passion and commitment of abolitionists and slaveowners alike in their fiery debates throughout the land. With profiles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Jefferson Davis, soldiers on both sides, slave owners, abolitionists, average citizens, and others, War, Terrible War is the compelling story of a people affected by the horrors of war during this tragic and dramatic period in A History of US.

Describes the American Civil War, focusing on its causes, events, and consequences.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This sixth volume in "A History of US," a 10-volume storyteller's history of the United States, focuses on the Civil War. The author makes history come alive with her informal, conversational text, liberally interwoven with many fascinating black and white photos and drawings, many of which are political cartoons of the day. The 31 chapters are also enriched with many interesting inserts and a variety of appropriate quotes, questions, definitions, poems and songs in the margins of the main text. The author does an admirable job of presenting different perspectives on the war, from soldier to civilian, men to women, slave to free man, young to old, and famous to ordinary citizen. Maps, two prefaces, a chronology, index, songs of the war, and a bibliography of related children's literature add to the educational value of this appealing and useful book that should help make history attractive to even reluctant readers.
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From the educational American-history series, A History of US, Book Six takes the reader into the heart and horror of the Civil War from beginning to end. Full of archival photos and illustrations, maps, and written accounts of the time, War, Terrible War describes the experiences and struggles of Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, soldiers on both sides, abolitionists, and the average citizen and how they were affected by the most brutal war in American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153309
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: A History of US Series , #6
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Hakim
Joy Hakim
Former educator and editor Joy Hakim made learning about American history hip for kids around the world with her Michener Prize-winning series A History of U.S. Her secret? Says Hakim: "to find the story in a subject is to discover its essence."

Biography

Don't know much about history? That's where Joy Hakim comes in. Dedicated to the ambitious cause of making learning about our country's past actually seem like fun, Hakim has helped readers of all ages get hip to history. Her award-winning ten-volume series A History of U.S. is considered nothing less than a revolution in education circles, and historians and celebrities alike endorse Hakim's mission.

Armed with a bachelor's degree in government from Smith and a master's from Goucher College, Hakim started out as a teacher, and later worked as a newspaper writer and editor. Realizing that the rather dry text and lifeless prose of some history books she was using to teach with made her students less than enthusiastic learners -- and believing that U.S. history should be as fun to read as fiction -- Hakim began to develop the A History of U.S. series of American history lessons. It took Hakim seven years to finish the series -- which owes much of its kid-friendly appeal to the author's practice of using children as her editors.

A History of U.S. was a hit with students and critics alike, winning the James A. Michener Prize for Writing in 1997. In addition, esteemed historians have endorsed Hakim's teachings with as much enthusiasm as she brings to her subject. John Adams author David McCullough describes her lively and effective approach: "Never dull, never the least plodding, [Hakim] brings refreshing spirit and common sense to the telling of every episode."

In 2002's Freedom: A History of U.S., Hakim examines the theme of freedom and what it means to America -- from the actions of our founding fathers to the watershed events of the Civil Rights movement, through the challenges we face in the wake of the September 11 attacks. A 16-part PBS companion special features a star-studded roster of hosts from Today anchor Katie Couric to Hollywood power couple Christopher and Dana Reeve. The Reeves, on why they chose to participate in the event, write on the book's jacket: "Freedom offers us the opportunity to examine the road we have traveled, to better understand why we have fought so hard to keep the idea of freedom at the core of what we believe."

According to Hakim, it's all about the story. On her publisher's Web site, she sums up her signature approach: "Finding the story in a subject is to discover its essence. If we can teach our students to pattern the world into stories, we can turn them into powerful, analytical thinkers."

Good To Know

Hakim is the only author to receive an award from the National Council for Social Studies for writing textbooks.

When she's not writing and researching at her Virginia home, she spends time sharing stories with her grandchildren in Colorado.

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    1. Hometown:
      Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Government, Smith College; M.A., Goucher College

Table of Contents

Preface I Dinner at Brown's Hotel 9
Preface II A Divided Nation 11
1 Americans Fighting Americans 14
2 The War Begins 17
3 Harriet and Uncle Tom 23
4 Harriet, Also Known As Moses 27
Feature: Breaking the Law--a Discussion of Ethics 32
5 Abraham Lincoln 34
6 New Salem 38
7 Mr. President Lincoln 41
8 President Jefferson Davis 45
9 Slavery 48
Feature: Slavery--Then and Now 50
10 John Brown's Body 54
11 Lincoln's Problems 59
12 The Union Generals 64
13 The Confederate Generals 68
14 President Davis's Problems 73
15 Choosing Sides 76
16 The Soldiers 80
17 Willie and Tad 86
18 General McClellan's Campaign 89
19 War at Sea 94
Feature: Ruler of the President's Navy 97
20 Emancipation Means Freedom 98
21 Determined Soldiers 103
22 Marching Soldiers 107
23 Awesome Fighting 111
24 Lee the Fox 117
25 Speeches at Gettysburg 119
26 More Battles--Will It Ever End? 124
Feature: the Turn of the Tide 129
27 The Second Inaugural 130
28 Closing In on the End 133
29 Mr. McLean's Parlor 138
30 A Play at Ford's Theatre 143
31 After Words 147
Feature: Songs of the Civil War 150
Chronology of Events 153
More Books to Read 154
Picture Credits 155
Index 156
A Note from the Author 160
Atlas 161
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    War,Terrible War

    This book is really great for students working on history projects. It gave me and my partner tons of info. about the Civil War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    A Teacher's Dream Resource!

    I remember studying history in junior and senior high school...what a dry, bare bones bore! This series bring history to a full, rich, juicy life! I have introduced it to my students and watched them revel in the joys history has to offer us. A must for teachers and parents alike!

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