Gr 9 Up-This title brings together primary historical accounts with commentaries by modern-history scholars. The opening section discusses the mounting tensions between North and South, covering the Compromise of 1850 and the Dred Scott Case. A chapter from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, the novel that stirred many abolitionists into action, is also included. The second section covers the Civil War itself, with excerpts from eyewitness accounts of several key battles and an account of Lincoln's assassination. The main value of the book lies in the second half, however. These chapters deal with the Reconstruction era, the settling of the West, and the Gilded Age, information that is often harder to find. Brought together in this title are firsthand testimonies on the rise of the KKK, the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, and the rise of labor unions. The entire volume acts as a good introduction to these eventful years in American history, and will be a good resource for reports and as a supplement to classroom discussions.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.