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The Civil War and Reconstruction : a student companion /

Main Author: Barney, William L.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
Series: Oxford student companions to American history
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Review by Choice Review

A volume in the "Student Companions to American History" series, Barney's companion is easily the best one-volume encyclopedia of this period currently available. Remarkably comprehensive and clearly written, the 245 entries cover the causes of the war, major events leading to war, notable individuals, politics, culture, military campaigns and major battles, military tactics, strategy, weaponry, and much more. Most entries include up-to-date suggestions for additional reading. Special features include extensive cross-references that facilitate study of themes and topics such as economic trends, African Americans, women, and Reconstruction. The volume is profusely illustrated with photos, drawings, illustrations from contemporary sources, and paintings. Accounts of major battles include small but informative maps. Recommended for purchase by academic libraries, public libraries, and Civil War buffs. L. Kincaid Boise State University

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Review by Booklist Review

These titles are the newest in Oxford's Student Companions to American History, written for the junior-high-school through adult audience. Arranged alphabetically, each book in the series focuses on a major historical period or theme, with authoritative articles on key issues, events, and individuals. American Immigration surveys its subject from the sixteenth century to the present, with entries covering topics such as Artists, immigrant; Ellis Island; Hinduism; Naturalization policy; Nicaraguans; Picture brides; and Slave trade. Entries for most ethnic groups include data on numbers of U.S. citizens claiming ancestry in each group (according to 1990 Census figures), the numbers who arrived during the period from 1986 to 1996, the major periods of immigration, and the major areas of settlement. Examples of entries in The Civil War and Reconstruction include Confederate policies; Desertion; Election of 1876; Impressment Act of 1863; Ku Klux Klan; McClellan, George B.; and Railroads. Biographies begin with fact summaries that provide birth and death dates and places, political affiliation, and details about education and career. In both volumes, most entries range in length from one-half to three pages in length and are accompanied by excellent cross-references and further readings, as well as period illustrations, photographs, and maps with informative captions. Laws and legislation are well covered. Chronologies, bibliographies, and lists of museums and Web sites conclude each volume. Indexing is thorough. For general information as well as background reading, these two titles will find readers and researchers within high-school and public libraries and are recommended for these audiences. The variety of topics that are covered surpasses many other single volumes on similar subjects.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This alphabetical reference guide has well-written, concise entries that are supplemented by useful period photographs, charts, maps, and chronologies. Coverage is broad, including articles on the military, political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of the war and its aftermath, as well as biographical sketches of major figures. Each entry includes suggestions for further reading and plentiful "see" and "see-also" references. A list of Civil War museums and historic sites is appended. A useful handbook that offers students an objective perspective in an accessible, appealing format.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.