Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow: 1864-1896

By Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier

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Describes the struggles following the Civil War to decide how to deal with the newly freed slaves, through the years of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, sharecropping, and segregation.

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Those Courageous Women of the Civil War

By Karen Zeinert

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Examines the important contributions of various women, Northern, Southern, and slave, to the American Civil War, on the battlefield, in print, on the home front, and in other areas where they challenged traditional female roles.

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Never Were Men So Brave: The Irish Brigade During the Civil War

By Susan Provost Beller

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Discusses the conditions in Ireland that led many to come to America in the mid-1800s, the formation of the Union Army's Irish Brigade, and the experiences of these soldiers during the Civil War, including the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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John Wilkes Booth and the Civil War

By Steve Otfinoski

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Sets the life story of the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln against the backdrop of the Civil War.

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Civil War Medicine, 1861-1865

By C. Keith Wilbur

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Dr. C. Keith Wilbur takes you on a detailed and fascinating tour through the medical history of this bloody and devastating war.

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The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

By Janis Herbert

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Teaches about the Civil War from the secession debates to Appomattox, by means of activities like making butternut dye, decoding wigwag, and baking hardtack. Includes a resource section with a glossary and pertinent web sites.

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Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

By David C. King

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Discusses what life was like for Americans during the Civil War; follows a year in the lives of two fictional families: a white family from the South and a black family from the North; and presents projects and activities from that time period.

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No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Because he had been unable to fight off the gator which injured his father, fourteen-year-old Thrasher joins the Confederate Army, en route to Virginia, hoping to prove his manhood.
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The Land

By Mildred Taylor

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After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.

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