Gr 4-6-The first book begins with a description of women's traditional roles in the United States in the 1800s and highlights several female abolitionists. The changes caused by the Civil War are then enumerated, as women took on the "men's work" at home, held jobs in offices and factories, served as nurses, disguised themselves as soldiers, and even functioned as spies. Many interesting stories are related, from Sarah Rosetta Wakeman disguising herself as an army private to runaway slave Susie King Taylor, who worked as a nurse. The second title explains how slaves were originally brought to the American Colonies and traces the rise and massive growth of slavery. Other chapters cover the daily life of a slave and the plight of runaways. The texts are well organized, contain quotes from primary sources, and present enough information to cover the topics. Unfamiliar terms are explained succinctly and the writing is straightforward. Abundant photographs, reproductions, and sidebars complement the narratives without overwhelming them. Two fine introductions.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.