Uncle Sam Presents: The Great American Documents Volume 1: 1620-1830 by Ruth Ashby; Illustrated by Ernie Colon

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In this graphic novel, Ashby and Colon present illustrated descriptions of major documents, treaties, and court rulings in United States history. The piece is divided into sections, one for each document, and descriptions of each document include a back-story, summary of events, opposing viewpoints, and excerpts from the actual document. The book is narrated by the American icon, “Uncle Sam”, and features bright graphics, varied paneling, infographics, maps, and timelines. Though many readers may find this piece boring if read from start to finish, it will have value if individual sections are used in the classroom setting.

So, if you don’t need this information for a history class, you will probably be bored by this book. It’s pretty dry. I like the idea of this book — presenting historical facts in a graphic novel format, but it lacks the excitement and narrative format of other graphic novels. However, this book would be great in a history classroom or if used as a test review. The documents are explained in detail, excerpts are included, and major points outlined. So it may be more helpful than just using your notes, and it will probably be less boring if you only use a couple sections (documents) at a time. As a cover-to-cover read, though, I don’t really recommend it.

Rating: 2.5/5

*Maverick List, 2014
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