Civil War

More Than Freedom

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More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123446
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Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2013

Read this brilliant and compelling story of the Civil Rights struggle before the age of automobiles and television...then head to Boston and walk the Black Heritage Trail. Protecting fugitive slaves, fighting the Confederacy, and even ending slavery itself were only the first hurdles for Boston's free black population : the ultimate goal was nothing less than full equality. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Fall of the House of Dixie

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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400067039
Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

Think Lincoln had problems keeping the North united? Confederate leaders, always seeking to preserve their own wealth and power, continually made decisions that increasingly squandered middle and lower class citizen support for the war and eventually up went the cry: "Rich man's war, poor man's fight". A surprising and enlightening story. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Freedom National

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Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393347753
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 6th, 2014

Clearly, relentlessly, and convincingly destroys the idea that Lincoln and his anti-slavery Republicans waited until dire military necessity led them to act against slavery. James Oakes shows that the process was gathering steam even before Lincoln took office. Perfect book to enhance your viewing experience of Spielberg's Lincoln. Compelling. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Midnight Rising

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312429263
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Published: Picador - August 7th, 2012

Tony Horwitz invests one of the greatest of American enigmas with flesh, blood, and a remarkable clarity of thought. John Brown had a singular focus that overrode every other aspect of his difficult life -- the abolition of slavery in America, which he regarded not only as a barbaric institution designed to benefit wealthy and influential landowners in the South, but a direct affront to God. As Mr. Horwitz makes clear in this riveting book, Brown's assault on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia may have failed, but no slaveholder ever slept quite as soundly again. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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1861: The Civil War Awakening Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400032198
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

A remarkably successful piece of history writing that powerfully conveys the cultural mood of the country at the the war approached. Splendid writing, crammed with fascinating info, and feeling at times like very good time-travel. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

America Aflame

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America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608193905
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bloomsbury Press - September 4th, 2012

Thought provoking study that seeks to explain why the Civil War was unnecessary. The research and writing are excellent...though discerning readers may not agree withe author's premises. Stimulating. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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