Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Early Years

Unit 6 Bibliography: The Civil War

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft
by Cathy Moore
Carolrhoda, 2002
This is the true story of Ellen and William Craft's escape from slavery.

Harriet Tubman
by George Sullivan
Scholastic, 2002
Primary sources enhance this biography of Tubman. See others in the In Their Own Words series.

Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross
by Dorothy Francis
Millbrook, 2003
Readers learn how Barton founded the American Red Cross.

Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia
by Patrick O'Brien
Walker, 2003
On March 9, 1862, two unusual-looking warships faced each other in battle and changed naval warfare forever.

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth
by Anne Rockwell
Knopf, 2000
This is the story of one of the most powerful African American voices in the abolitionist movement.

On Level

Seaward Born
by Lea Wait
Simon, 2003
Michael escapes from slavery to Boston, but even in the North there is danger for an escaped slave.

Women in the Civil War
by Douglas Savage
Chelsea House, 2000
Short chapters focus on different roles filled by women in the Civil War. See others in the series.

Dear Ellen Bee: A Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies
by Mary E. Lyons and Muriel M. Branch
Atheneum, 2002
Based on real persons and events, this Civil War story is told through letters, newspaper clippings, documents, and photographs.

How I Found the Strong
by Margaret McMullan
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Shanks is too young to enlist, but not too young to consider the important issues of the war, including his own family's divided sympathies.

Shades of Gray
by Carolyn Reeder
Simon, 1999
Ben must rethink his definition of honor and courage when he goes to Virginia to live with an uncle who refused to fight in the war.


Frederick Douglass: For the Great Family of Man
by Peter Burchard
Atheneum, 2003
This is an extensive biography of one of the most influential African Americans of the nineteenth century.

Lincoln: A Photobiography
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 1987
This Newbery Medal–winning biography of Lincoln includes numerous photos and excerpts from Lincoln's own writing.

The War Within
by Carol Matas
Simon, 2001
Hannah reconsiders her view on slavery and what it is to be a Jewish Southerner.

Hear the Wind Blow
by Mary Downing Hahn
Clarion, 2003
Young Haswell Magruder uses compassion to triumph over violence during the last days of the war.

Girl in Blue
by Ann Rinaldi
Scholastic, 2001
Sarah disguises herself as a boy to join the Union army and ends up as a spy.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Readers learn about 12 true, daring escapes from slavery.

No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance
by Doreen Rappaport
Candlewick, 2002
This unique collection of stories, songs, and poetry reflects the dignity and determination of enslaved Africans.

The Boy's War
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1993
The author shares firsthand accounts of boys under 16 who served in both the Confederate and Union armies.

Moon Over Tennessee
by Craig Crist-Evans
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
A free-verse diary format is used to relay the experiences of a 13-year-old boy who follows his Confederate father into battle.

Songs and Stories of the Civil War
by Jerry Silverman
21st Century, 2002
This illustrated songbook includes music and lyrics, as well as information about the importance of songs to soldiers and civilians.

Reference Books

The Civil War A to Z
by Norman Bolotin
Dutton, 2002
This comprehensive history has more than 130 entries of the most important people, places, and events of the Civil War.

A Three Minute Speech: Lincoln's Remarks at Gettysburg
by Jennifer Armstrong
Simon, 2003
Armstrong explains why the Gettysburg Address became one of America's most important speeches.

Outrageous Women of Civil War Times
by Mary Furbee
Wiley, 2003
Confederate spy Belle Boyd, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Sojourner Truth are some of the women discussed here.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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Through the National Park Service's Web site, you can find information about colonial-era places that have been preserved as national historic sites.