"Novels, nonfiction books, short stories, poems, plays, films, and songs that provide insight into the Civil War are covered in entries that give biographical data about each author, historical background of each work, and the work's plot and characters, style, and theme...Each volume begins with a detailed time line and includes an outstanding index. In each article, black and white illustrations help explain the work and make it more interesting. The coverage, from classics to very current books, is excellent... These volumes will help give teachers an even broader background and make introducing additional works for study easier. Particularly valuable in American history classes, especially those examining history through literature as well as events, but also valuable in English, music history, art history, and film classes. Highly recommended.
-- Book Report (May 2002)
"This handsome set features twenty-five essays analyzing works relating to the American Civil War...The primary value of this set will be to serve as a selection aid for teachers looking to supplement Civil War curriculum. It also provides students with overviews of the war and possible report subjects. Of course, Civil War buffs will enjoy browsing."
-- VOYA (June 2002)
"Gr 6-9Within its self-imposed limitation of exploring relatively few works in depth rather than attempting comprehensive coverage, this collection of critical essays will be a boon to many teachers...Although most useful as a supplementary source for classroom study, this reference tool has sufficient visual and textual appeal to arouse browsers' curiosity about the materials discussed."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002)
"...selections do represent an interesting mix of ideas. Librarians will find this a nice addition to school library and curriculum-oriented public library collections."
-- Booklist (April 2002)