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06-30-2010, 10:00 AM
My 12 yr old is wanting to start our US History this year with the Civil War and I am needing something that will allow us to do that. He is very interested in military history but I want him to get the whole picture. I came across the Time-Life Civil War series at our library and I am thinking of using those, but I haven't had a chance to check them all out and read through them. When he was in PS they just barely touched on US history and we are trying to do an in depth look over the next two years. Any help would be appreciated. TIA

06-30-2010, 11:33 AM
Might I suggest finding Ken Burns The Civil War (http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Film-Ken-Burns/dp/B000BITUE8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1277907625&sr=8-1) DVDs? Perhaps your library might have them. You might also want to look up Stephen Crane's novel The Red Badge Of Courage, a classic novel set during the Civil War.

06-30-2010, 11:49 AM
I adore the Ken Burns Civil war DVD's. With my older children we used bfbooks.com although I didn't use the guides, we just read and discussed the books. We even enjoyed Uncle Toms cabin. Of course we also read Sonlight's suggestions too. There are many great Us history books, we just used many companies selections to make a list.

06-30-2010, 01:27 PM
Third for the K. Burns series. My mother is a HUGE civil war buff and she loves his series.

06-30-2010, 07:26 PM
Ditto for Ken Burns and the Red Badge of Courage. I would also add The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

07-01-2010, 02:58 PM
My son loved the Ken Burns series last year when we studied the Civil War. He also enjoyed the books Iron Thunder (http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Thunder-I-Witness/dp/B001Q3M6CU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252303451&sr=1-1) by Avi and The Slopes of War (http://www.amazon.com/Slopes-War-Norah-Perez/dp/054701614X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252304784&sr=1-1).

07-01-2010, 03:33 PM
I plan on using this to accompany books I find. I love the idea of making a game out of the battles that happened to help stick the information about the history to it.