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VOYAHistory sparkles in this new series. The entries in these volumes focus on the movers and shakers on both sides of the slavery issue. Filled with photographs, paintings, and maps, these action-packed biographies read like fiction. William Lloyd Garrison, fiery abolitionist and deeply principled journalist, is sure to capture the attention of young readers exposed to the slick, celebrity-riddled segments that pass for news today. A young rebellious runaway at eleven, he found his calling as a writer when he was offered an apprenticeship at a Massachusetts newspaper. At sixteen, he became a popular pseudonymous columnist until slavery captured his attention. Garrison risked literal life and limb to denounce it at every opportunity. He soon became a target of violent attacks and served at least one jail term defending his beliefs. Fauchald skillfully mixes the dramas in Garrison's personal life with his role in the unfolding national run-up to civil war to keep the reader engrossed. This entire beautifully wrought series, which also includes books on Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, and William Lee Garrison among others, is highly recommended for school and public libraries. (Signature Lives: Civil War Era). VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
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