Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War

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Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
Author: Sheinkin, Steve
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Time Period: Industrial Age
Time Frame: 1856-1865
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Book
Published: 2015

American History > Industrial Age > Abraham Lincoln

New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin gives young readers the causes and curses that divided America into Union and Confederate nations in Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War, illustrated by Tim Robinson.

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Beacon of Freedom Award Winner

Get the feeling something big is about to happen? Welcome to the Civil War―one of the scariest, saddest, and occasionally wackiest stories in American History.

1856: Northern and Southern settlers attack each other in Kansas.
1858: Congressmen start sneaking guns and knives into the Senate chamber.
1860: President James Buchanan is heard wailing, “I am the last president of the United States!”

Unraveling a very complicated string of events--the small things, the personal ones, the big issues--Steve Sheinkin takes readers behind the scenes that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened America's very existence revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.

“Chatty and accessible, this book does double duty: it introduces Civil War history for readers who don't know much about it and supplies browsable commentary for those familiar with the big picture...Beginning with a look at the role cotton played in history, his fast-paced narrative is broken into short, tersely titled vignettes... The horrors of slavery and battlefield slaughter are clear, as are achievements of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and many more.” ―Booklist

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