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The Election of 1860: A Nation Divides on the Eve of War
The Election of 1860: A Nation Divides on the Eve of War
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The Election of 1860: A Nation Divides on the Eve of War

Throughout the 1850s, the issues of slavery and states' rights had divided the nation. With the election of 1860, these issues finally came to a head, setting the stage for the American Civil War. Compelling, action-packed text, vivid sensory details, and primary source quotes bring the story to life so that readers feel as if they were actually alive during the historical event.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level870L
ATOS Level6.3
AR Points1
AR Quiz #179488
Text TypeInformational Text
Text SubtypeCause & Effect
PublisherCapstone Press
Page Count48
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Booklist - Julia Smith

"Using concise wording and illustrations that include archival photos and artwork, maps, and charts, Gunderson explains the contentious topic of the day (slavery), before introducing the candidates trying to win their way into the White House. . . .Certain aspects of the election process will be familiar to readers, such as political conventions, while others prove vastly different from the way things are done today, namely campaigning, which was conducted by a candidate’s supporters rather than the candidate himself. A glossary and critical-thinking questions round out this informative, accessible look at a pivotal election in U.S. history." - Booklist

March 15, 2016

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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