Book Review: Freedom Struggle

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Ages 9-12

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This great little book from National Geographic charts the anti-slavery movement in America from 1830 until the end of slavery, 1865. In between, we readers meet all sorts of interesting and famous characters, including Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many more.

The book, written by Cultures Collide author Ann Rossi, presents a good mix of political and cultural differences between the North and the South, buttressed as always by the can't-be-beat collection of photo, graphics, and primary sources for which National Geographic is know the world over.

The book also includes an aftermath focusing on the 13th, !4th, and 15th Amendments, all of which came about after end of the war.

Another excellent feature is the Points of View, with William H. Sewart and John C. Calhoun exchanging views on the morality and legality of slavery.

This book is an excellent supplement to study of slavery in America.

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