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Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln by Edward Achorn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802148742
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2020

Lincoln's contradictions, compassion, and complexity color this vivid account of his Second Inaugural and the end of the Civil War. The celebratory, yet tense, atmosphere of Washington D.C. is evoked through descriptions of its muddy streets, galas, and throngs of citizens, including luminaries Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, and future assassin John Wilkes Booth. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War by S. C. Gwynne - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501116223
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Published: Scribner - October 29th, 2019

Gwynne splendidly achieves dual aims by unstintingly revealing the manifest horrors of the Civil War's final year, and keenly capturing the human, and sometimes humane, characteristics of its major and minor participants. As Lincoln, Grant, Lee, and the rest are trapped in the maelstrom, Gwynne unearths their aims, prejudices, prerogatives, and decisions which ultimately led to the preservation of the United States of America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743270755
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 26th, 2006

Lincoln's magnanimity, intelligence, compassion, wit, and empathy shine on every page. His utter lack of vindictiveness earned his rivals' respect, and, "with malice toward none, with charity for all," he gave the nation, and its people, an incandescent ideal. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

The promise of a new American Founding after the Civil War was articulated by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments. While they rid the nation of slavery, their aspiration to provide equal rights to more citizens largely failed in the face of violent opposition, blinkered judicial rulings, and widespread indifference. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Women's War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War by Stephanie McCurry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780674987975
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Published: Belknap Press - April 15th, 2019

This is a story that needed to be told. A major new work of Civil War history, this volume does not only challenge conventional assumptions about women in the Civil War, but dispels the notion that a "woman's role" is limited to the sidelines in any war. This ought to be required reading for any history buff! ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War by Andrew Delbanco - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594204050
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Published: Penguin Press - November 6th, 2018

Slaves felling their Southern masters before the Civil War were fugitives. Their fates depended on the doggedness of their pursuers, and their varying reception in the North. Delbanco reveals how fugitive slaves helped push the country into a war which, ultimately, freed those on the run. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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