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Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, 1864-1896
Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, c2000.
Physical Description:
93 p. : illustrations.
Reading Level:
1160 L Lexile
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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Book J 973.8 COL 1 1

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in this compelling series aimed at young readers.

Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.

Author Notes

Christopher Collins is a writer of historical novels for children.

Collier has taught at both the University of Bridgeport and the University of Connecticut. He has also served as Connecticut's State Historian.

The violence and profanity in Collier's works is very controversial, rendering them banned from reading curriculums in certain schools. Despite the controversy, Collier's book My Brother Sam is Dead won a Newberry Honor in 1975. He has also written War Comes to Willie Freeman, and The Literature of Connecticut History and Roger Sherman's Connecticut for adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The Colliers emphasize political history as opposed to social or cultural events in these clearly written books. Each volume concentrates on one theme and succeeds well. Civil War takes readers through strategies, battles, and outcomes and provides an analysis of factors leading up to the war. Reconstruction begins with Appomattox and includes current and former opinions about important persons and events of the time. Slavery includes background material, much detail on everyday life, and good interpretations of the events leading up to the Civil War. Each title includes many maps and full color as well as black-and-white photos and reproductions. Excellent additions to history collections.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Each volume focuses on a specific period in American history, discussing how political systems and institutions developed and evolved. Despite some generalizations (especially in [cf2]Immigration[cf1]), the accessible texts offer interesting anecdotes, along with the standard textbook facts. Illustrated with historical reproductions in color and black and white, the books also include plenty of maps. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.