A Nation Torn

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A Nation Torn, by Delia Ray, is a child-oriented history of how the American Civil War began. It is in the history series A Young Reader's History of the Civil War. A Nation Torn describes the events from 1861 to the first battle of the Civil War at Charleston Harbor.

This book talks about many people, including Henry Clay, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln.


  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A Bank Street College Children’s Book of the Year
  • An NCSS-CBC “Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies”