Two Miserable Presidents
The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil WarBook - 2008
Presents a history of the United States that includes unknown facts and incidents that occurred before and during the Civil War, from the Congressional confrontations to the personal issues that threatened America's very existence.
May 22, 1856: A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WALKS INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.
That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks Sumner made slamming senators who supported slavery in Kansas. Brooks lifted his cane to beat Sumner, and here the action in the book stops, so that Steve Sheinkin can explain just where this confrontation started. In the process, he unravels the complicated string of events – the small things, the personal ones, the big issues– that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened America's very existence, revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.
Two Miserable Presidents is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
A narrative history of the United States provides the funny, fascinating, and thoroughly compelling bits that played a part in the start of the Civil War, from the Congressional confrontations to the personal issues that threatened America's very existence. Reprint.