Grade 3-6-- These books give a broad treatment of historical events and are illustrated with numerous photographs, reproductions, and drawings. However, although interesting, the length dictated by the series does not allow for sufficient coverage. The Story of the Women's Movement gives a quick summary of the movement from its start in England to the women in America who fought for freedom for the slaves and then for their own rights. The Equal Rights Amendment and its defeat are included. The Story of the Teapot Dome Scandal is not of much interest to children , and the coverage here does not give its historical context. The best of this group is The Surrender at Yorktown. After a very brief history of the Revolutionary War, Kent explains why the final big battle was fought in Virginia, and gives details of the fighting and the surrender. Numerous quotes add immediacy to the text. The Story of the Powers of the Supreme Court also suffers from brevity, as it attempts to reduce the history of the court, its important personalities, and its major cases to 31 pages. All the titles could serve as introductions to their subjects, but the series succeeds best when dealing with more limited subjects, such as the Battle of Yorktown. --Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elem. School, VA Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
While this book is a valuable history of the movement to grant women equal rights, some of the last passages are outdated. Women have served in combat in the second Iraq war and the number of women in Congress and in governorships is dramatically higher than what is stated in this book. Nevertheless, it is still a valuable history of how bad things were for women a short time ago. Many conservatives ridicule the sixties as a time of self-indulgence and absurdity. Yet it was the sixties … more