Reviews for African-American Soldiers in the Civil War : Fighting for Freedom


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
These broad overviews examine different aspects of the Civil War. The simplistic text and brief excerpts from firsthand accounts are accompanied by color and black-and-white archival images. In an attempt at brevity, some information becomes confusing. Maps, chapter notes, and facsimiles of wartime memorabilia enhance these books. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Civil War Library titles: [cf2]African-American Soldiers in the Civil War, Daring Women of the Civil War,[cf1] and [cf2]Slavery and the Underground Railroad[cf1].] Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2004 November/December
This well-researched volume in a new series describes the role played by African- American soldiers in the Civil War. It begins with a history of slavery in the United States, and tells how African Americans were barred from fighting in the United States Army by a law passed in the 1700s. They were considered "contraband of war." In 1862 Congress passed a law allowing the president to hire African-American soldiers. The book is an in-depth examination with specific examples, appropriate to the grade level, of what these soldiers did, why they did it, and how they were treated. It is an appealing book for use in the upper elementary grades where there is concern with including multicultural material in the curriculum. Information is given in an interesting fashion and has a large amount of illustrative material, which enhances the text. Many sidebars include additional facts. The book includes a timeline, glossary, and chapter notes and will be useful in the study of the Civil War. ESL students and those middle school and high school students reading at a lower grade level also could use it. Bibliography. Index. Recommended. Barbara St. Clair, Library Media Specialist, Urbandale (Iowa) High School [Editor's Note: For other titles in the series, visit www.enslow.com/.] © 2004 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 4-6-Ford discusses the laws and practices that hindered African Americans from becoming soldiers as well as the inequalities they experienced once the need for more Union men increased, leading Congress to pass legislation permitting black recruitment. Several regiments, such as the 54th Massachusetts and the First Louisiana Native Guards, are hailed for their bravery. The text, illustrations, photographs, and time line all play an important role in conveying the struggles and triumphs experienced by these men, despite the prejudice against them. Emphasizing a subject that is not often addressed when teaching the Civil War, this book can also be used in character-education units on such topics as courage and perseverance.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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