Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 10X7.044989

May 22, 1856: A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WALKS INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.

That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks Sumner made slamming senators who supported slavery in Kansas. Brooks lifted his cane to beat Sumner, and here the action in the book stops, so that Steve Sheinkin can explain just where this confrontation started. In the process, he unravels the complicated string of events - the small things, the personal ones, the big issues- that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened America's very existence, revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.
Two Miserable Presidents is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on July 22, 2008 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN-10: 1596433205
ISBN-13: 9781596433205
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  • grapefruit
    grapefruitSunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:44 am44 stars
    This book is the revolution-version of what your school history books say about the civil war--one of America's worst disasters. Think that the North did EVERYTHING right? Nope! Think that they won easily? Think again!Think the South didn't fight bravely? Not quite! There's possibly a LOT you don't yet know about the Civil war--and it's all jam-packed into this fun, easy-to-read book by Steve Sheinkin! The award-winning author tells the story of the war with special facts like...did you know that the term "sideburns" came from an actual person? And that a little boy, sent to be a drummer in the war, actually ended up a great gunman?If studying history seems like a pain in the neck for you, just one look at this book will SO change your mind.
    • sushi321
      sushi321Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm44 stars
      this book taught me a lot about the civil war
      • squadwap
        squadwapThursday, May 14, 2015 at 11:11 am55 stars
        One of the best history books for children ever!
        • derpytacos
          derpytacosFriday, March 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm
          this book was AWSOME. it was hilarious, interesting, and cool
          • dolphin027
            dolphin027Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm
            I like how to author writes the book. Very interesting.
            • dolphin021
              dolphin021Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm
              This book is really good because you learn about th war in a funny and interesting whay