America's War

Edward Ayers

Published under the dual auspices of the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this Civil War anthology [has] about 30 writings …  Editor Ayers, a reputable scholar in Civil War studies, categorizes his selections into several topics for participants to debate: reaction to the secession crisis of 1860-61; the experience of war as exemplified by the 1862 Battle of Shiloh; and the end of slavery.


The Civil War and Emancipation 150 Years On by Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond: 

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War:  http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/

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Hear Us Out! Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present

By Nancy Garden

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What was it like being young and gay during the closeted 1950s, the exuberant beginnings of the modern gay rights movement in the 1970s, or the frightening outbreak of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s? In this unique history, Nancy Garden uses both fact and fiction to explore just what it has meant to be young and gay in America during the last fifty years. For each decade from the 1950s on, she discusses in an essay the social and political events that shaped the lives of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people during that era. Then, in two short stories, she explores the emotional experiences of young gay people coming of age during those times, giving vivid insight into what it really felt like. Hear Us Out! is a comprehensive and rich account of gay life, both public and private, from one of the pioneers of young adult lesbian and gay literature.

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Lincoln's Legacy

By Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

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Third graders travel through time to keep history on track! Abigail loves Mondays, and so does the rest of class 305. That's the day Mr. Caruthers asks them cool questions about history. Today Mr. C asks, "What if Abraham Lincoln never freed the slaves?" Abigail and her friends are ready to put their thinking caps on. But this time Mr. C wants them to do more than put their heads together-he wants them to travel back in time! Turns out the "What If?" questions are real, and Mr. C has just come back from a visit to the past. He needs their help because it looks like President Lincoln might quit and never free the slaves! With a time-travel gadget and only two hours to spare, Abigail and her friends are going back to the past. But even though time traveling isn't hard, convincing Abraham Lincoln not to give up isn't going to be easy.... With a dollop of The Magic Tree House, a dash of Back to the Future, and pinch of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Blast to the Past is a recipe for fun!
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Oh, Yikes! History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments

By Joy Masoff

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OH, YIKES! covers people, events, institutions, and really bad ideas, alphabetically from April Fool’s Day to zany Zoos.
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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

By Ellen Levine

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
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Hoofprints: Horse poems

By Jessie Haas

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A collection of more than one hundred poems celebrating horses, from ancient times to the present. Readers can take an amazing journey through 65 million years of horse history in these 104 poems that include an afterword and a glossary that provides information about historical figures and events featured in the poems.
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