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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Battle of Gettysburg Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

"This nation . . . shall have a new birth of freedom." President Abraham Lincoln delivered these words in his Gettysburg Address, a speech commemorating the fallen soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg. The three-day...


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...


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 the...


Gettysburg: The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War

by Iain C. Martin

In the summer of 1863, General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia advanced into Pennsylvania in a daring offensive to win the Civil War in a single campaign. They met the Union Army at a quiet crossroads...


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...


The Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln, and Slavery Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." When Abraham Lincoln said this, many Americans did not agree. Most of them lived in the South, where their economy depended on slave labor. In 1861, the year Lincoln...


Women of the Civil War Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

The Civil War was fought mostly by men, but the war could not have been won without the courageous effort of women. During the war, women served as spies and nurses. Some disguised themselves as men to become...


The Civil War's African-American Soldiers Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

The Civil War began as a struggle to reunite a divided nation, and it became a fight to end slavery. For African-American soldiers, the cause was always greater-freedom. African Americans had been enslaved in...


An Overview of the American Civil War Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

In April 1861, Abraham Lincoln's prophetic words, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," came true when Confederate soldiers attacked Fort Sumter, beginning the American Civil War. The war pitted North...


The Underground Railroad and Slavery Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

In 1619, the first African slaves arrived in America. More than two hundred years later, African-American slaves continued to suffer under the cruelest and harshest conditions in the South. Slaves tried to escape,...


The Dred Scott Case: Slavery and Citizenship, Revised Edition

by D. J. Herda

Slave or citizen? This was the key question that Dred Scott brought to the United States Supreme Court in May of 1857. Author D. J. Herda examines the ideas and arguments behind this landmark case. Presented...


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 Amy Jurskis & 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...


Under Siege!

by Andrea Warren

“Living in a cave under the ground for six weeks . . . I do not think a child could have passed through what I did and have forgotten it.” – Lucy McRae, age 10, 1863

Meet Lucy McRae and two other young...


Great Civil War Projects: You Can Build Yourself

by Maxine Anderson

From periscopes and lean-to shelters to uniforms and regimental flags, this interactive book explores the history and inventions of the Civil War through building projects and activities. Finished products include...


The Civil War: From Fort Sumter to Appomattox

by Zachary Kent

The Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in American history, forced neighbor to fight neighbor and brother to fight brother. More Americans lost their lives in this conflict than in any other war. From the hallowed...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #25: Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!

by Natalie Pope Boyce, Mary Pope Osborne & Sal Murdocca

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!, they had lots of questions. What was it like to grow up in a log cabin? How did Lincoln become president? What...