Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

After the Rain

By Mary Pope Osborne

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In her diary, a ten-year-old girl writes about her family's experiences living in Washington, D.C., in 1864-65, during which time the Civil War comes to an end and President Lincoln is assassinated. Includes historical notes.

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Abraham Lincoln

By Wil Mara

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A brief overview of the life of the man who was President of the United States during the difficult years of the Civil War and who issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.

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Robert E. Lee: First Soldier of the Confederacy

By Earle Rice, Jr.

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Follows Lee's life from his difficult childhood to his rise at West Point, his military career prior to Civil War, his hard decision to join the Confederacy, and his last years.
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There He Stands: The Story of Stonewall Jackson

By Bruce L. Brager

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He was quiet, religious, and perhaps a little boring. But he was Lee's most trusted general, making his "Stonewall" reputation by standing fast at the First Battle of Bull Run. When he was shot by friendly fire in Spotsylvania, Lee lost one of his best generals. This biography includes photographs, reproductions, and maps.
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Cause: Reconstruction America, 1863-1877

By Tonya Bolden

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After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11, 1865, President Lincoln introduced his plan for reconstruction, warning that the coming years would be "fraught with great difficulty." Three days later he was assassinated. The years to come witnessed a time of complex and controversial change.
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Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy

By Lou Waryncia, editor

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Young Jefferson Davis -- A promising officer -- The colonel from Mississippi -- Family ties -- The statesman emerges -- A nation divided -- Secession! -- Map : the War Between the States -- The Confederate president : was Davis doomed to defeat? -- Raiders, cruisers, and blockade runners -- A spy in the Confederate White House -- The Confederate image : art of the Civil War South -- Symbol of the lost cause.
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Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War

By Thomas B. Allen

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"Readers discover that Harriet Tubman--well-known to them as an ex-slave who led hundreds of her people to freedom along the Underground Railroad--was also a spy for the Union Army. More specifically she worked behind Confederate lines in South Carolina getting information about troop movement and Rebel fortifications from slaves that she was leading to freedom on the Underground Railroad."

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The War Is On! Battle of First Bull Run

By Hama, Wagner, Verma

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"Stand with the raw recruits of the Confederate and Union armies as they face each other in the first major battle of the American Civil War" in this graphic novel.
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Living Through the Civil Rights Movement

By Charles George, book editor

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Responding to the school integration crisis in Little Rock / Dwight D. Eisenhower -- The nation faces a moral crisis in regard to race / John F. Kennedy -- The Civil Rights Movement threatens individual and states rights / George C. Wallace -- Blacks must have the right to vote / Lyndon B. Johnson -- "I have a dream" / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr -- Blacks must do whatever is necessary to secure their rights / Malcolm X -- Blacks must develop their own community / Stokely Carmichael -- Confronting racism at Little Rock's Central High School / Daisy Bates -- Black students take a stand : sit-ins and freedom rides / Diane Nash -- Attempting to vote in Mississippi / Fannie Lou Hamer -- Marching in Birmingham's Children's Crusade / Audrey Faye Hendricks, Judy Tarver, Bernita Roberson, and Larry Russell -- Bloody Sunday : the protest march that shocked the nation / John Lewis.

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Civil War Doctor: The Story of Mary Walker

By Carla Joinson

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A biography of Mary Edwards Walker was one of the first women to receive a medical degree in the United States and went on to serve as a doctor to the Union soldiers during the Civil War. Her unconventional and determined life paved the way for generations of women in medicine and beyond.

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