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Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Juvenile literature is an effective and appealing tool to supplement classroom instruction. More specifically, historical fiction can provide supplemental readings to enhance and enrich an American Studies Course.

The purpose of this study was to determine if an annotated bibliography of historical fiction relating to the Civil War era could be developed. The novels to be included were to be of an interest level including grade eight and a reading level range of grades four through eleven. Major social/cultural, political/legal, and economic issues of the Civil War era were attributed to each title in the bibliography.

The researcher had predicted that the bibliography would be made up of thirty five novels. The final count of book titles was twenty eight. After reading and analyzing the thirty five novels, the researcher found it necessary to delete certain titles for being beyond the limitations of the study. The researcher was not able to include any novels of eighth grade interest level with tenth or eleventh grade reading level.

Results of the study indicated that there is a wealth of historical fiction available. There needs to be updated selection tools to lead the student, teacher, and media specialist to these novels. Using historical fiction in the classroom offers a new dimension to instruction.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Leah Hiland


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