When Were the First Slaves Set Free during the Civil War?

And Other Questions about the Emancipation Proclamation

From the Series Six Questions of American History

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

When Abraham Lincoln became president in March 1861, the United States was on the brink of the Civil War. Six states had already left the Union. The North and the South fought over the question of slavery. More than anything, Lincoln wanted to reunite the states. He refused to recognize the Confederacy as a separate country. Yet the Constitution didn’t give the president the power to end slavery. But what could Lincoln do by law? Why was slavery so important to the southern states? How would Lincoln manage to keep the Union together? Discover the clever plan behind Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and learn how it freed the first slaves.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™, LernerClassroom
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025270, JNF018010, JNF026160
Dewey 973.7'14
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 750
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 137238
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Shannon Knudsen

Shannon Knudsen has written books for young readers about elephants, mayors, the explorer Leif Eriksen, the reporter Nellie Bly, and many other topics. She lives with her cat and her dog in Arizona.

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Six Questions of American History

Explore pivotal moments in US history, from colonial times to the Civil War. Discover the who, what, where, when, why, and how of important events such as the Pilgrims settling at Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Writing exercises at the View available downloads →


The Horn Book Guide

“Filled with numerous sidebars and sometimes too-busy colorful graphics, these lively narratives detail specific events that led to the Pilgrims’ founding of Plymouth Colony, the Boston Tea Party, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Though the information is selective, the volumes provide accessible introductions to American history.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“The question-and-answer format will help readers identify and understand each topic’s most salient aspects and will sharpen their nonfiction reading skills, making the books attractive options.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple