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Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies

By: Tanya Anderson

Gunpowder Girls combines meticulous research and moving narrative to tell the true stories of three appalling Civil War disasters involving girls as young as ten. Author's note. End notes. Selected bibliography. Recommended reading. Index. Maps, diagrams, and charts. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

"Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this tragic story of 140 girls and young women killed by gunpowder explosions in three arsenals where they produced ammunition for Civil War armies reveals details previously unfamiliar even to Civil War historians. We can now add their names to the human toll of America's greatest conflict."—James McPherson, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom

ISBN: 9780966925876

JLG Release: Dec 2016


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Gunpowder industry , Accidents , Nineteenth-century U ,S , history , Women’s employment , Ammunition , The U ,S , Civil War (1861–;1865) , War work , Women and girls

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Awards & Honors

2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Winner Gold, Teen Nonfiction

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During the Civil War, women and girls filled rifle cartridges by hand for the armies of the North and the South. These women and girls, most of whom were immigrants, poured gunpowder, worked with percussion caps, and stacked completed ammunition. Flammable and explosive materials were everywhere”one spark spelled disaster. Anderson pieces tog During the Civil War, women and girls filled rifle cartridges by hand for the armies of the North and the South. These women and girls, most of whom were immigrants, poured gunpowder, worked with percussion caps, and stacked completed ammunition. Flammable and explosive materials were everywhere”one spark spelled disaster. Anderson pieces together the before and after of the deadly explosions that occurred at the Allegheny Arsenal in Lawrenceville, PA; the Confederate States Laboratory in Richmond, VA; and the Washington Arsenal in Washington, DC. Each event is foreshadowed, described in detail, and then investigated. With the help of primary source documents, the author examines life working in an arsenal (including diagrams on how to fill a cartridge) to give shape to the lives of these often forgotten women. Using census records, Anderson identifies the victims of each accident by name and age. Extensive back matter makes this a useful selection for research or reports. Pair this highly readable title with Albert Marrin’s Flesh and Blood So Cheap for a look at working conditions in U.S. history. VERDICT Recommended for teen history buffs.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

Book Details

ISBN

9780966925876

First Release

December 2016

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

973.7/1

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.5; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.4; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 1050L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Quindaro

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Gunpowder industry, Accidents, Nineteenth-century U,S, history, Women’s employment, Ammunition, The U,S, Civil War (1861–;1865), War work, Women and girls,

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