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Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?

by Megan Stine, Nancy Harrison & Mark E Geyer

Ulysses S. Grant certainly does not have the typical war hero “back story.” Although a graduate of West Point, he never wanted to be a soldier and was terrified when he first saw battle. However, during...


Our Flag

by Carl Memling

The youngest readers will enjoy this concise but informative history of the American flag with beautiful and exciting illlustrations of colonial life, Betsy Ross and George Washington, Fort McHenry, and more!...


Who Was Robert E. Lee?

by Bonnie Bader, John O'Brien & Nancy Harrison

Robert E. Lee seemed destined for greatness. His father was a Revolutionary War hero and at West Point he graduated second in his class! In 1861, when the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lee was offered...


A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

by Albert Marrin

John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry...


The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

by Jennifer Armstrong & Albert Lorenz

Four score and seven years ago...

So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a...


What Kind of War Was It, Anyhow?

by Nancy Ekberg

In the summer of 1862, Jeremy, a Southern boy, becomes aware that a war is going on. But what kind of war was it? He begins his investigation by asking the people around him. His father explains to him that...


What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?

by Jim O'Connor & John Mantha

"Four score and seven years ago..." begins Abraham Lincoln's beautiful speech commemorating the three-day battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. The South had been winning up to this point. So how did...


Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America

by Harold Holzer

A new book—and companion to the Steven Spielberg film—tracing how Abraham Lincoln came to view slavery . . . and came to end it.

Steven Spielberg focused his movie Lincoln on the sixteenth president's tumultuous...


Two Miserable Presidents

by Steve Sheinkin & Tim Robinson

May 22, 1856: A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WALKS INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.

That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks...


A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States

by Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was a journalist and landscape designer who is regarded as the founder of American landscape architecture: his most famous achievement was Central Park in New York, of which...


The Children's Civil War

by James Marten

Children--white and black, northern and southern--endured a vast and varied range of experiences during the Civil War. Children celebrated victories and mourned defeats, tightened their belts and widened their...


Abraham Lincoln

by David Colbert

You're about to be an eyewitness to the ten crucial days in Abraham Lincoln's life, including:

  • A tragic loss that sets a boy on a course for greatness
  • A career sacrificed to protest an unjust war
  • A state resorting...

  • Great Civil War Projects: You Can Build Yourself

    by Maxine Anderson

    From periscopes to homemade paper, uniforms to telegraphs, Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the Civil War era through hands-on building projects and activities using common household...


    The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom With 25 Projects

    by Judy Dodge Cummings & Tom Casteel

    Imagine leaving everything you’ve ever known—your friends, family, and home—to travel along roads you’ve never seen before, getting help from people you’ve never met before, with the constant threat...


    The Civil War: America Torn Apart (1860-1865)

    by Wesley Windsor

    The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries—and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers...


    Abraham Lincoln

    by David Colbert

    You're about to be an eyewitness to the ten crucial days in Abraham Lincoln's life, including:

  • A tragic loss that sets a boy on a course for greatness
  • A career sacrificed to protest an unjust war
  • A state resorting...

  • Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #19: Abe Lincoln at Last

    by Natalie Pope Boyce, Mary Pope Osborne & Sal Murdocca

    The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Getting the facts behind the fiction has never looked better.

    Track the facts with...


    Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

    by Barbara Herkert

    An illuminating picture book biography of an artist and former slave whose patchwork quilts bring the stories of her family to life.

    Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia...


    Who Was Clara Barton?

    by Stephanie Spinner & David Groff

    Clarissa “Clara” Barton was a shy girl who grew up to become a teacher, nurse, and humanitarian.  At a time when few women worked outside the home, she became the first woman to hold a government job, as...


    Who Was Harriet Beecher Stowe?

    by Dana Meachen Rau, Gregory Copeland & Nancy Harrison

    Born in Connecticut in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist, author, and playwright. Slavery was a major industry in the American South, and Stowe worked with the Underground Railroad to help escaped...