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Children's LiteratureWriting about history is both an honor and a challenge. While it is important to recount the story of mankind's journey it is difficult to recapture the past in print. One way of amplifying historical writing is to draw from the wealth of primary source documents that exist. It is this "first hand" approach to history that author David C. King effectively uses in this title, part of the "American Voices" series. Providing a broad overview of America from the late 19th century through the conclusion of World War II, this illustrated work connects a series of first-hand accounts with a tightly-written narrative. In this way readers are allowed not only to hear the author's account of keynote events but also the thoughts of actual participants. The reader is introduced to suffragettes, flappers, First World War infantrymen, dust bowl migrants, and women factory workers during the Second World War. One comes away from these selections with a sense of the humanity of history and not just names, dates, and facts. In addition, the many period photographs and illustrations add a great deal to the impact and feel of this fine book. This combination of elements helps make this work a pleasure to read and learn from. 2005, American Heritage, Ages 11 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck