17. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, History, NonFiction · Tags:

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker, 112 pages, read by Angie, on 11/17/2013

The H.L. Hunley was the first submarine to sink a ship in wartime. It was built during the Civil War and actually sank twice before completely a mission successfully. On February 17, 1864 the Hunley sank the USS Housatonic off the Charleston Harbor. Unfortunately, the Hunley never made it back to shore nor was it ever seen again. The Hunley was found buried in the mud in 1995. It took several years and lots of work before the Hunley revealed its secrets. Scientists still don’t know exactly why the Hunley sank with all eight crewmen aboard. However, the crew have now been put to rest while the investigation into the Hunley continues.

15. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, History, NonFiction · Tags: , ,

Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States by Patricia C. McKissack, 144 pages, read by Angie, on 02/13/2013

Days of Jubilee tells the story of the end of slavery in the United States. McKissack uses slave narratives throughout to illustrate the events of the times. She takes us through the beginnings of slavery to the emancipation of the slaves after the Civil War. There is a lot of historical detail in this book; McKissack really did her research. This is a thoughtful, well researched book that anyone can enjoy.

01. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Graphic Novel, History, Tammy · Tags: , ,

The Hammer and the Anvil: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America by Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Wayne Vansant , 150 pages, read by Tammy, on 09/15/2012

An illustrated side by side comparisons of the lives of former slave Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln from boyhood through Lincoln’s assassination. The beliefs they shared, what they disagreed on, how each disappointed the other from time to time but both worked towards the mutual goal of abolishing slavery. That was Douglass’ primary goal and while it was also Lincoln’s goal he also believed that as president he literally had a sworn duty to uphold and preserve the country. A concise, beautifully drawn graphic novel that packs lots of information in a few pages