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War, Terrible War: 1855-1865 (A History of US #6)

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Details the events surrounding the Civil War and its aftermath.
Published May 26th 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1994)
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The other John
This is an account of the American Civil War. It could also be called an Abraham Lincoln love-fest. If Ms. Hakim had anything negative to say about him, it was lost in all the accolades and pro-North sentiments. As an Illinois Yankee, I wasn't too bothered by that. But I did recall that there are other viewpoints out there and that Mr. Lincoln is hardly without fault. (Fortunately my daughter's curriculum makes the effort to present the opposing viewpoint. Sometimes to the point where I have to ...more
Emily Parker
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book on the Civil War! I loved everything about this kid history book. It's the only textbook I cried over that the tears weren't because of gratitude. Excellent, excellent book. Can't wait to read the others!
Beverly Hill
Roughly 1/2 of the print version.

Without the sidebars, photographs and charts with explanations, the kindle version of these books suffer greatly. It's a shame they decided to lop off over half the information in favor of an easy format. Will buy print versions in the future.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So one of the problems of doing our own school is that there is so much cool stuff to study and I have to choose what we're going to cover. This is one of the best, concise books of Civil War history I have ever seen! It has 30 chapters, I could have done two chapters a week for a 15 week semester and had an entire semester class on the Civil War all by itself. This book plus a couple of books from the library would have given me enough material for an entire year studying the Civil War. If you ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Middle-school history focusing on the Civil War. I still find her way of jumping around a bit disjointing but I think the presentation of the material worked better for this one than previous ones. It allowed the horror of the war to be told but she broke it up with other information to keep it from being overwhelming for the intended age group. There was a lot more information on the Generals and who they were both before and during the war which I think is good to show that none of these peopl ...more
Bridget Alexander
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series of books turned my children into history lovers- and I came right along with them. I LOVE how Hakim can have reverence for the possibility of our country and celebrate its great leaders and moments while still telling the troubling story of injustice that began with the colonization of Jamestown. Like Zinn, Hakim has eyes wide open, but tells this history with such a lively and thoughtful tone- and with a storytellers flair. It easily holds the interest of children while telling the ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The writing wasn't as dry as a lot of books about war can be (for children). A lot of good information about the Civil War time period. I felt it looked at both sides fairly well and posed some thoughtful questions. So much actually still relates to current events.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my son as part of his history class. In this volume, Joy Hakim continues telling the story of the United States with concentration on the American Civil War or the War Between the States. She does a very good job covering the causes but does not cover well the actual conflict. There are hosts of tales and personalities that barely get mentioned and multitudes that do not. Overall, this has been the weakest volume in the series.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool
Lots of info about the Civil War that I don't remember studying! Very interesting!
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Personally I don't like and am uninterested by most history so I didn't really enjoy this book but it is shock-full of information and for anyone who does enjoy history, I highly recommend this book.
Dec 29, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-ref
a good resource for children to learn about american during the beginning of the debates and conflict of the civil war and how it changed the political and economical ideals in american society
I forgot how much I knew/loved the Civil War. This book is equally entertaining for adults as it is for kids.
easy to read history
Peter Daniel Berg
slightly more lesser
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is great to read to get an overview of the history of the United States.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is my favorite non-fiction series about any country or countries.
Fredrick Danysh
War Terrible War presents a cursory overview of the American Civil War. This work is suitable for middle school children. It was endorsed by the National Council for History Education.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a textbook but I seriously enjoyed reading it. I think this is when I first discovered sarcasm!
Beth Kiesel
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read with girls for history
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I've just updated A HISTORY OF US to include some new stories, especially those on people who haven't had their full story told, like Native Americans and African Americans. I've been astounded by some of what I've learned, I think you will be too.

My husband and I live most of the year in Colorado. I grew up in Rutland, Vermont and graduated from Rutland High School. I earned a bachelor's degree
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