Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
May 22, 1856: A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WALKS INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.
That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks Sumner made slamming senators who supported slavery in Kansas. Brooks lifted his cane to beat Sumner, and here the action in the book stops, so that Steve Shei
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Eventually, she dropped out and wandered around until she signed with a literary agent, because it turns out that learning about stuff you're really interested in can be a paying proposition if you promise to write a book about it afterwards.
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Steve Sheinkin has changed that, first with King George: What Was His Problem? and now with Two Miserable Presidents. Combining historical fact with little-known anecdotes, quotes fro ...more
The author's website describes these books as "guaranteed-never-boring history books, packed with all the true stories and real quotes he was never allowed to use during his career as a textbook writer."
Despite the comical look of the series, Sheinkin includes a serious historical overview of the war, which highlights all the key events leading up to the war, from the Fugitive Slave Act to John Brown, the Dred Scott decision, and the Lincoln-Douglas debate ...more
The two presidents were Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederate States. But the stories aren't so much about them as they are about the men, boys, and even a few women who fou ...more
One of my favorite touches is the final section, 'Whatever happened to?'
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I'm not one who loves to read textbooks, hence why the idea of this book interested me. I wouldn't say that I loved this book, but I certainly believed it was much better than having to read the average textbook. What textbooks fail to do (in my personal ...more
Many of the events were new to me, such as the women's revolts in Atlanta and Richmond. Food was extremely scarce. Merchants demanded exorbitant prices and families were starving. Southern women with knives and axes marched through the streets demanding fair prices from the merchants. If they felt the prices were unfai ...more
The two miserable presidents of the title are, of course, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, but the book includes many more people th ...more
I did learn quite a bit from this book. I have vague memories of studying the Civil War and more recent ones of the romant ...more
The book Two miserable presidents tells the “unknown” part of the civil war unknown being the part that isn't known by many american kids
because the textbooks don't tell those things. This book has a lot of information from 1848 to 1865 for example,South Carolina's Senator Preston Brooks beat Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the senate with a cane in 1856 because of Sumner's speech about slavery and how a bunch of shoes led to a famous battle in Pen ...more
Loved it. I would love for tons of my students to read this. Our library must order this if they don't have it. I am going to have to become a Sheinkin fanboy I think.
Random fun fact: Jefferson Davis' widow and Ulysses Grant's widow both en ...more
After reading this brief history of the Civil War, I am just about convinced that the only president ever to be reviled, hated, and treated with as much disdain as our current president was Abraham Lincoln. He was a president in impossible circumstances, trying to unite a people divided by slavery, distrust for a strong federal government, impatience for success, and unexpected downturns in their economic well-being. Things were hard for President Lincoln, but his stirring oratorical skills were ...more
Anything that makes history fun is a win in my book, and this certainly does that. Would recommend for anyone interested in history, the Civil War, battles and adventure, or pol ...more