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KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; J = 5th Grade and Up

Post-Civil War

updated 1/05


Picture Books

Howard, Elizabeth VIRGIE GOES TO SCHOOL WITH US BOYS
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.
2000 unpaged


3rd - 4th Grade


5th Grade and Up

Durbin, William THE JOURNAL OF SEAN SULLIVAN
A Transcontinental Railroad worker

My Name is America series
In 1867, 15-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
1999 184 p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery AGGIE’S HOME
Book #3 of the ORPHAN TRAIN QUARTET, 1866
A clumsy 12-year-old, Aggie is sure no one will want to adopt her when she rides the orphan train out west, but when she meets the eccentric Brandon family she begins to have some hope. Includes historical information about orphan trains and the woman’s suffrage movement.
1998 92p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery IN THE FACE OF DANGER
Book #3 of the ORPHAN TRAIN QUARTET 1860-1880
Deeply unhappy about her family's separation because of poverty, Megan gradually finds contentment and purpose in her new home on the Kansas prairie with a kind and loving adopted family.
1988 151 p.