Reviews for Outrageous Women of Civil War Times


Booklist Reviews 2003 October #1
Gr. 3-6. Not all the women fit the profile of this series, which includes Outrageous Women of Colonial America (2001) and Outrageous Women of the American Frontier (2002). Some of their contemporaries might have considered Amelia Bloomer or confederate spy Belle Boyd outrageous, but first ladies Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, less so. Still, stretching the word "outrageous," the book provides good summaries of the lives and accomplishments of significant women of the period--among them, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, and Loreta Janeta Velazquez. The many, sometimes lengthy, sidebars introduce other exceptional women and discuss topics such as the Temperance movement, mill girls, and phrenology. Small reproductions of photos, prints, and paintings illustrate the lively collective biography. ((Reviewed October 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2004 January
The cartoon-like cover provides the whimsy that will no-doubt attract middle school readers to delve into the fascinating stories behind 12 remarkable women who made their marks around the time of the U.S. Civil War. The lighthearted biographical sketches are organized by each woman's contribution. The author punctuates her text with interesting facts, quotes, and narratives, and provides bold-faced inserts about related issues and additional influential people of the period. Unfortunately, while informative, these inserts tend to interrupt the flow of the text. B&W photos of historical significance are of erratic quality. Additional Selection. Mary Hofmann, Library Media Teacher, Rivera Middle School, Merced, California © 2004 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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