Jim Murphy: Prizewinning Children’s Author Who Humanized U.S. History

From a Washington Post obit by Harrison Smith headlined “Jim Murphy, children’s author who humanized U.S. history, dies at 74”:

Jim Murphy, a prizewinning children’s author who immersed young readers in American history, using extensive research and firsthand accounts to humanize sprawling, chaotic events like the Battle of Gettysburg, the Great Chicago Fire and an outbreak of yellow fever that became the country’s first epidemic, died in Woodstock, N.Y.

Mr. Murphy, a former children’s book editor, wrote more than 30 books that chronicled fascinating but often bleak chapters in U.S. history. His work frequently spotlighted the lives of young people and returned to themes of determination, perseverance and compassion while telling engrossing stories of snowstorms, deadly germs and bravery on the battlefield.