Best Teen & Young Adult United States Civil War Period History Books

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1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade): [Complete and unabridged. 174 original illustrations.]

Author: by Mark Twain
Published at: Benediction Classics; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1789431148

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Mark Twain’s characters are surprising, unforgettable and truly human. The character Huckleberry Finn is based on one of Twain’s childhood friends. Twain writes “In Huckleberry Finn I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was. He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had.

His liberties were totally unrestricted. He was the only really independent personboy or manin the community, and by consequence he was tranquilly and continuously happy and envied by the rest of us. And as his society was forbidden us by our parents, the prohibition trebled and quadrupled its value, and therefore we sought and got more of his society than any other boy’s.” It is little surprise then that children are perennially drawn to Huck and his adventures.

The dialogue faithfully reproduces the common speech of his day. Twain explains, In this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary Pike County’ dialect; and four modified varieties of this last.


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

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Published at: Square Fish; Reprint edition (September 22, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1250075789

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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 YearA Beacon of Freedom Award Winner Get the feeling something big is about to happen? Welcome to the Civil Warone 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…


3. Mark Twain – Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction, Grades 6 – 12 (American History Series)

Author: by Cindy Barden
Published at: Mark Twain Media; Csm edition (January 3, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1580375856

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Bring history to life for students in grades 612 using Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction. This 128-page book is perfect for independent study or use as a tutorial aid. It explores history, geography, and social studies with activities that involve critical thinking, writing, and technology.

The book includes topics such as slavery, the Civil War, the Reconstruction, the Fugitive Slave Law, Dred Scott, Lincoln’s presidency, the Freedman’s Bureau, and Jim Crow laws. It also includes vocabulary words, time lines, maps, and reading lists. Aligned to Common Core State Standards, NCSS standards and national and Canadian provincial standards.


4. Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

Author: by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Published at: Scholastic Focus; Reprint edition (December 1, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1338713657

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a journey through America’s past and our nation’s attempts at renewal in this look at the Civil War’s conclusion, Reconstruction, and the rise of Jim Crow segregation. This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history’s most pivotal and misunderstood chapters.

In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation.

Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction’s noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new “color line” in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young readers to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.


5. The Civil War

Author: by Publications International Ltd.
Published at: Publications International, Ltd. (October 1, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1640303409

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Fascinating look at the many aspects of the U.S.Civil War. Sobering anecdotes, colorful facts, interesting quotations, and remarkable stories that focus on the history and lore of the era. Attractively illustrated with black-and-white and full-color photos and images of historical people and places.

Terrific conversation piece that will enlighten and amaze Civil War buffs and novices alike. Hardcover, 320 pages


6. Mark Twain – Civil War: The War Between the States, Grades 5 – 12 (American Histroy)

Author: by George Lee
Published at: Mark Twain Media (January 12, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1622236909

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The Civil War: The War Between the States resource book for middle grades provides reading selections, photographs, and graphic organizers to bring this era to life for students. This Civil War book for middle school encourages students to examine the historical decisions of the leaders of the time, as well as everyday people, while completing activities that develop reading comprehension skills.

Mark Twain Media Publishing Company specializes in providing engaging supplemental books and decorative resources to complement middle- and upper-grade classrooms. Designed by leading educators, this product line covers a range of subjects including mathematics, sciences, language arts, social studies, history, government, fine arts, and character.


7. Gettysburg (Landmark Books)

Author: by MacKinlay Kantor
Published at: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (June 12, 1987)
ISBN: 978-0394891811

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When troops entered Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the South seemed to be winning the Civil War. But Gettysburg was a turning point. After three bloody days of fighting, the Union finally won the battle. Inspired by the valor of the many thousands of soldiers who died there, President Lincoln visited Gettysburg to give a brief but moving tribute.

His Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in American history.


8. Everything We Lose: A Civil War Novel of Hope, Courage and Redemption

Author: by Annette Oppenlander
Published at: Oppenlander Enterprises LLC; 1st edition (February 17, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0997780079

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“Oppenlander’s rich, gritty descriptions are a joy to read. Her touching story moves along quickly, but will keep you in suspense until the final pages.” -Historical Novel Society”I highly recommend this historical book for all Civil War fans but also for those who just enjoy a good human story that will make you smile and cry.” Readers’ Favorite Five Stars”I fell in love with this book.” -Our Town Book Reviews”…

A well-deserved 5+ stars.” -Locks, Hooks and Books “… Full of rich details…” -Books Direct “… Dramatic twists did make me think of some of those grand tales like North and South and Gone with the Wind…” -Andy’s Young Adult Books “An entertaining read for those who love historical fiction.” -Nancy Fraser, Award Winning AuthorTwo friends-one black, one white.

Torn apart by an attack gone wrong. One escapes into war, the other is sold into slavery. Told from alternating viewpoints, one black and one white, Surviving the Fatherland author Annette Oppenlander delivers another stunning historical tale set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War-a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.Tennessee, 1861.


9. The Civil War (Step into History) (A Step into History)

Author: by Steven Otfinoski
Published at: Children's Press (February 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0531243633

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A Step Into History series takes a step into some of the most important moments in history, and discovers how these moments helped shape the world we live in today. In 1860, the United States was split in two as several southern states seceded from the Union to form their own nation, the Confederate States of America.

As President Abraham Lincoln attempted to hold the country together, war broke out between the Union and the Confederates. Readers will discover why the southern states seceded, how the war affected the people of the United States, and what lasting effect the conflict had.

10. Weird Civil War: Your Travel Guide to the Ghostly Legends and Best-Kept Secrets of the American Civil War

Author: by Mark Sceurman
Published at: Sterling; Illustrated edition (April 21, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1454915799

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Weird Civil War delves into the peculiar history and ghastly legacy of the bloodiest period in American history, featuring the era’s most gripping tragic tales, fascinating facts, spooky scenarios, and eccentric characters. This brand-new volumewhich compiles the most compelling Civil War stories from the bestselling Weird serieswill excite precocious history students, Civil War buffs, and the multitude of Americans-young and old-with historical ties to the Confederate and Union armies.

11. Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

Author: by James L. Swanson
Published at: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (December 31, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0061560927

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New York Times bestselling author James L. Swanson brings to life the fast-paced, suspense-filled story of Abraham Lincoln’s and Jefferson Davis’s final journeys through our wounded nation following the Civil War. This middle grade nonfiction book is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 7 to 8, especially during homeschooling.

It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. This suspense-filled true-crime thrillerthe young readers’ adaptation of Swanson’s Bloody Crimesexplores two epic events of the Civil War era: the manhunt to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the momentous 20-day funeral pageant that brought President Lincoln’s body from Washington, DC to his home in Springfield.

Full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images, Bloody Times captures the riveting stories of these two fallen leaders who changed the course of history. It’s perfect for young readers who enjoy dramatic nonfiction tales from the likes of Steve Sheinkin and Patricia McCormick.

12. Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery

Author: by Winifred Conkling
Published at: Algonquin Young Readers; Illustrated edition (January 26, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1616205508

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NOW IN PAPERBACK!The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history. In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom.

Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold into even crueler conditions. Through Emily Edmonson’s journey from enslaved person to teacher at a school for African American young women, Conkling illuminates the daily lives of enslaved people, the often changing laws affecting them, and the high cost of a failed escape.

Clearly written, well-documented, and chock full of maps, sidebars, and reproductions of photographs and engravings, the fascinating volume covers a lot of history in a short space. Conkling uses the tools of a novelist to immerse readers in Emily’s experiences.

13. The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America (Inquire & Investigate)

Author: by Judy Dodge Cummings
Published at: Nomad Press; Reprint edition (November 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1619306066

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Slavery or freedom?The question of whether to make the United States a slave country or to make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal battle. In The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America, readers ages 12-15 explore this conflict through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the clash that left more than 700,000 soldiers dead.

Following the American Revolution, slavery was enshrined in the U.S.Constitution. However, the United States still wrestled with whether it would be a country of slavery or grant freedom for all. The southern states relied on slavery’s economic role, while the northern states, though also beneficiaries of the benefits of slavery, were closer to deciding that the institution should be outlawed.

The rapid territorial expansion of the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century created a series of crises that upset the delicate balance of power between free and slave states, ultimately sparking the Civil War. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, sounding the death knell of slavery.

14. Encyclopedia of the American Civil War [5 volumes]: A Political, Social, and Military History

Author: by David S. Heidler
Published at: ABC-CLIO; 1st edition (December 13, 2000)
ISBN: 978-1576070666

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An award-winning and highly recommended comprehensive reference set on the political, social, and military aspects of the American Civil War. The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War is the most comprehensive reference set ever compiled on this pivotal confrontation. Its five oversized volumes, rich with illustrations, maps, and primary source documents, offer more than 1,600 authoritative entries that chart the war’s strategic aims, analyze diplomatic and political maneuvering, describe key military actions, sketch important participants, assess developments in military science, and discuss the social and financial impact of the conflict.

Written by scholars, the essays are both authoritative and easily accessible to history buffs, students, and general readers. Brief entry bibliographies lead curious readers to the most reliable sources for further information. Over 1,600 signed AZ entries, authored by notable scholars and referenced for further readingOver 300 contributors, including some of the leading Civil War scholars at work todayMore than 500 illustrations, including contemporary photographs, lithographs, and drawings75 maps created specifically for this encyclopediaA chronology, glossary, and exhaustive indexOver 250 primary source documents

15. Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves

Author: by Yuval Taylor
Published at: Lawrence Hill Books (February 1, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1556526350

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Ten slavesall under the age of 19tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age living in the not-so-distant past, include stories of young slaves torn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured.

But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence; teenagers will relate to accounts of slaves challenging authority, playing games, telling jokes, and falling in love. These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlanticand daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small-city dwellingsto escaping slavery and fighting in the Civil War.

The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other lesser-known slaves are included.

16. Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More (Women of Action)

Author: by M. R. Cordell
Published at: Chicago Review Press (August 1, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1613732007

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At the outbreak of the Civil War, nearly everybody was caught up in patriotic fervormen and women, Union and Confederate. Many women supported soldiers through knitting and sewing needed items, growing food, making bandages, gathering medical supplies, and more. But others wished they could be closer to the fight.

These women defied society’s expectations and bravely chose to take on more dangerous, unconventional roles. Courageous Women of the Civil War reveals the exploits of 16 of these remarkable women who served as medics, spies, battlefield helpers, and even soldiers on the front lines.

Meet fascinating figures such as Maria Lewis, a former slave who fought with the Union cavalry as it swept through Virginia. Disguised as a white male soldier, she put the fear of Hell into Confederate enemies. Kady Brownell supported her husband’s Rhode Island regiment as a vivandire, training with the soldiers, fighting in battle, and helping the injured.

Mary Carroll, a Missouri rebel, forged a copy of a jail cell key to break her brother out before his scheduled execution. These and other little-known stories are told through gripping narrative, primary source documents, and contextualizing sidebars. Civil War history is woven throughout, offering readers a clear overview of the era and the war.