Reviews for African Americans During the Civil War

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
A worthwhile purchase for collections, this series places slavery in context in North America and the world, provides a well-researched history of slavery and African Americans in the U.S., and explains the impact slavery had on the country. The large-size, well-spaced type is enhanced by sidebars and black-and-white archival art. Each volume begins with a series overview. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Slavery in the Americas titles: [cf2]The Underground Railroad[cf1], [cf2]African Americans during the Civil War[cf1], [cf2]Life under Slavery[cf1], [cf2]Slave Rebellions[cf1], [cf2]The Slave Trade[cf1], and [cf2]African Americans during Reconstruction[cf1].] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection - January 2007
The story of how slavery came into existence in the Americas and the struggle to eradicate it is covered in these six volumes. The books cover the beginning of slavery in North, Central, and South America. The authors illustrate how the Industrial Revolution actually increased the demand for slaves. They also point out that the people in the North, who no longer needed their slaves, in many cases sold them rather than free them because they could turn a profit. Each book contains a timeline, a glossary, a bibliography, and a Webography that is unique to that book. They contain b&w pictures and bits of highlighted information in each chapter. I think this set would be most useful in the upper elementary or middle school library. Recommended. Patricia Brown, Library Media Specialist, Archbishop Alter High School, Kettering, Ohio © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Review 2006 September

Gr 6 Up Aimed at middle school readers, each of these books also has some value for older students. Civil War covers not only African Americans but also the forces that created the “U.S. Colored Troops” and the spread of rights during and after the war. Slavery and Rebellions enlarge the area of interest by including a lengthy and thorough discussion of these topics in all of the Americas, placing slavery within a global, historical, and societal context. Clearly written, accessible, and well organized, each volume is illustrated with black-and-white drawings, period photographs, and explanatory text boxes. Useful additions.Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

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