MyLibraryNYC_Social Studies: The Civil War - Multiple Perspectives (Gr. 6-8)
Annotation:Readers Theatre - multiple perspectives including Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.
Annotation:Nonfiction - secondary source from National Geographic Kids that details the Civil War battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and profiles some of the key figures involved in what was a decisive victory for the Confederacy.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography that provides young adult readers with a comprehensive look at the life and accomplishments of this famous Confederate General of the Civil War, enhanced with period photos, illustrations, and source notes.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Primary Sources with supporting secondary text that examine the roots of slavery in America and how the issue divided the nation, as well as the start of the Civil War, President Lincoln's views on slavery, and his first step toward ending it forever: the Emancipation Proclamation.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography with Primary Source material written in Lincoln's own hand; combines background commentary with quotes from Lincoln's letters, speeches, and public papers to provide a personal view of his life, thoughts, and actions.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Primary Source Autobiography written by Frederick Douglass; NYC Core Curriculum Trade Book title for Gr. 7 ELA Civil War Collection; and recommended NY State Common Core title for Gr. 7 and 11.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography that traces the life and historical impact of the noted abolitionist, detailing his birth into slavery and harsh upbringing, his subsequent escape, and his emergence as a leader.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; When, in 1879, a bust in his likeness was placed at the University of Rochester, Frederick Douglass wrote: "Incidents of this character do much amaze me. It is not, however, the height to which I have risen, but the depth from which I have come that amazes me." This biography tells the story of his ascent from slavery.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; born into slavery, Douglass became an eloquent spokesperson for both black's and women's rights. During and after the Civil War, Douglass became a confidant of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Douglass also argued for African Americans to be allowed to join the Union army in the fight for their own freedom.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; born a slave, Harriet Tubman was determined not to remain one. She escaped from her owners in Maryland on the Underground Railroad in 1849 and then fearlessly returned 13 times to help guide family members and others to freedom.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography that examines the life of Harriet Tubman, who spent her childhood in slavery and later worked to help other slaves escape north to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; a definitive full-scale biography of the legendary fugitive slave turned "conductor" on the Underground Railroad describes Tubman's youth in the antebellum South, her escape to Philadelphia, her successful efforts to liberate slaves, and her work as a scout, spy, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. 25,000 first printing
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography of Harriet Tubman's astonishing roles as spy, secret agent, and military leader, combined with her personal history as an active participant in the abolitionist movement and the Civil War. Includes some primary source material -archival images, maps, and woodcuts.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Primary Sources with supporting secondary text on the Underground Railroad. that examines slavery and the Underground Railroad in the United States, including slavery in early America, the difficult daily life of a slave, the creation of the Underground railroad, and the courageous people who helped slaves escape to freedom.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, who was kidnapped in 1841 and spent 12 years as a slave on deadly Louisiana coastal plantations. Northup's true story is the basis for the recent film, 12 Years a Slave.
Annotation:Historical Fiction - Published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold over 300,000 copies in its 1st year and mobilized anti-slavery sentiment on a level previously unseen. President Lincoln considered this title a tipping point in the Abolitionist Debates.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Secondary Source that comprehensively covers the diverse roles of women in the American Civil War--as nurses, spies, volunteers, and soldiers.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; told from the perspective of Jennie Hodgers, who served in the 95th Illinois Infantry as Private Albert Cashier, a Union soldier in the American Civil War.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography; told in diary-style from the perspective of Maritcha, an African American girl living in Civil War-era NYC. NYC Core Curriculum Trade Book title for Gr. 7 Civil War Collection.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Biography of Emma Edmonds, one of the estimated 400 women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men.
Annotation:Nonfiction - Primary Sources with supporting secondary text that examines African-American soldiers during the Civil War, including the reasons for African Americans to fight, the all-black regiments, the treatment of African Americans, and the important role they played in the Union victory.
Annotation:Historical Fiction - written in diary style and based on actual research into the child and teen soldiers of the Civil War.
Annotation:Historical Fiction - told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old soldier, Charley, who experiences a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat. Based on life and experiences of actual historical figure Charley Goddard.
Annotation:Historical Fiction - Told from the perspective of twelve-year-old orphan Homer sets out to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
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For Social Studies Grades 6-8: Nonfiction and fiction titles representing multiple perspectives of the years leading up to and during the American Civil War 1861-1865, including personal narratives, biographies and historical fiction detailing the daily experiences of historical figures and everyday children, teens, slaves, and soldiers involved on both sides of the Civil War. This list of books can be used to accompany Common Core Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.9 Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
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