Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery

By Evelyn Coleman

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When her family moves to Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood in 1866, Addy discovers that her new home holds dangerous secrets--including one connected to the North Carolina plantation she had escaped from only two years earlier. Includes a brief overview of the experiences of African Americans during Reconstruction, the period immediately following the Civil War.
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Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor & the Merrimac: A Civil War Novel

By Avi

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Tom's job as an assistant to Captain John Ericsson, the inventor of the Monitor, makes him a target of Confederate spies.

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African-American Religious Leaders

By Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson

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The 25 leaders are arranged in chronological sections from the revolutionary era to the present.

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I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

By Anita Silvey

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Sarah Emma Edmonds enlisted because she believed in the Union cause; Melverina Peppercorn joined to stay near her twin brother. Although women were not allowed to enlist as soldiers in the Civil War, many disguised themselves as men and fought anyway.
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If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights

By Anne Kamma

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In the familiar question-and-answer format, this installment in the acclaimed If You Lived . . . history series tells the exciting story of how women worked to get equal rights with men, culminating in the 19th amendment to the Constitution.
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Civil War Spies

By Tim O'Shei

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The Civil War marked the only time that U.S. citizens went to war against each other. Discover how spies on both the Union and Confederate sides used the element of surprise to outsmart the enemy and gather important information.

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Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

By Linda Barrett Osborne

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This book features illustrations, original documents, photographs and first-person narratives to give an account of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Includes a time line.

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Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War

By Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen

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Lincoln knew that winning the war would take more than the same old strategies and maneuvers. It would require using technology to create new ways of waging war. Lincoln worked to make sure his soldiers and sailors had the best and latest hardware. By combining new tools with time-tested tactics, he helped revolutionize warfare.

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Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution

By Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero

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"What was it like for George Washington and his troops as they crossed the Delaware River in a ferocious snowstorm late in the evening of Christmas Day 1776? How did sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rally her father's militia to battle the British? What did Peter Brown do as cannon fire exploded all about him during the Battle of Bunker Hill? How did James Armistead, a slave in Virginia, spy for Lafayette and the Americans during the Revolution and win his freedom? These are only some of the people you will read about in Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution. Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero vividly transport readers to the years of the American Revolution through the actions of real people -- some famous and others not yet known."
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Heroes of the Revolution

By David A. Adler

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Ethan Allen -- Crispus Attucks -- Lydia Darragh -- Nathan Hale -- Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays -- Thomas Jefferson -- John Paul Jones -- Thomas Paine -- Paul Revere -- Haym Salomon -- Deborah Sampson -- George Washington.
32 pages.

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