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CIVIL WAR A TO Z by Norman Bolotin


A Young Reader’s Guide to Over 100 People, Places, and Points of Importance

by Norman Bolotin

Age Range: 9 & up

Pub Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-525-46268-6
Publisher: Dutton

This alphabetically arranged reference work on the Civil War is a handy guide. Readers can open up anywhere and find interesting bits of information on many of the major people, places, and events of the Civil War. The 130 topics, from Abolitionists to Zouaves, include Lincoln and his mission of keeping the country united, the political ferment represented by the Missouri Compromise and the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the soldiers, generals, prisons, and literature of the time. The format invites flipping through the pages, studying maps, reading captions, and reading the entries. Not just an encyclopedia of battles, generals, and politicians, the guide includes people as various as Louisa May Alcott, Mary Chesnut, Dorothea Dix, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass, and objects such as lucifers, minié balls, and Civil War tokens. The Gettysburg Address and excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation, letters, and speeches are also provided. The entries are competently written and interesting. Browsing through this guide may well lead young readers to studying topics more fully, which is the author’s hope. Useful for young readers beginning research on Civil War topics. (glossary, author’s note, bibliography, maps, archival photographs, illustration and photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9+)