Two Miserable Presidents

Two Miserable Presidents

Everything your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War

Book - 2008
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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.

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2008.
Edition: First Roaring Brook Press edition
ISBN: 9781596433205
1596433205
Branch Call Number: j 973.7 SHEINKIN
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Tim 1963-

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Congressmen sneaking guns into the Senate chamber? Cigars that led to a major battle? Soldiers having rats for dinner? While recounting the history of the Civil War, Sheinkin brings in lots of interesting, unusual details that makes the reader realize just how hard the war was.

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