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Battle Cry of Freedom
The Civil War Era
James M. McPherson - Dec 11, 2003 (first published in 1988)
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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one ...
This Republic of Suffering
Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
Drew Gilpin Faust - Jan 06, 2009
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More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In ...
The Civil War
A Narrative
Shelby Foote - Nov 12, 1986
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The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac. The word "narr...
The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
Michael Shaara - Jul 01, 1996 (first published in 1974)
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In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, fo...
Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Sep 26, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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Winner of the Lincoln PrizeAcclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates,...
A Stillness at Appomattox
Bruce Catton - Nov 09, 1953
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When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction.  This final volume of The Army of the Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War....
Confederates in the Attic
Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Tony Horwitz - Feb 22, 1999 (first published in 1998)
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When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his o...
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The Fiery Trial
Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
Eric Foner - Sep 26, 2011
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Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, Eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance. We see Lincoln, a pragmatic politicia...
Race and Reunion
The Civil War in American Memory
David W. Blight - Mar 01, 2002
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No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion. In 1865, confronted wit...
Mary Chesnut's Diary
Mary Boykin Chesnut - Dec 26, 2019
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“Mary Chestnut’s Diary” is a vivid first hand narrative of the Civil War. Mary Boykin Chestnut was married to James Chestnut, Jr., an important Confederate general. Written between 1861 and 1865, her diaries offer some of our most detailed and personal accounts of one of America’s most troubling and conflicted eras. The diary spans the entirety of ...
Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell - Jun 01, 1996 (first published in 1936)
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Scarlett O'Hara, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a well-to-do Georgia plantation owner, must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea....
Landscape Turned Red by Stephen W. Sears
Mr Lincoln S Army by Bruce Catton
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne
Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears
Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
This Hallowed Ground by Bruce Catton
What Was the Underground Railroad? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The Civil War by DK
Vicksburg by Donald L. Miller
The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 by David M. Potter
The Confederacy's Last Hurrah by Wiley Sword
Sherman's March by Burke Davis
Grierson's Raid by D. Alexander Brown
Perryville by Kenneth W. Noe
For Cause and Comrades by James M. McPherson
Lincoln Reconsidered by David Donald
Grant by Ron Chernow
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Roots by Alex Haley
What Do You Do With an Idea? — New York Times best seller by Kobi Yamada
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
What Do You Do With a Problem? — New York Times best seller by Kobi Yamada
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
Lincoln by Gore Vidal
Jubilee by Margaret Walker
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer
Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Gettysburg by Allen Guelzo
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses Simpson Grant
Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman
Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly
Who Was Abraham Lincoln? by Janet B. Pascal
Reconstruction Updated Edition by Eric Foner
Lees Lieutenants by
Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters
Abe Lincoln at Last!Merlin Mission by Mary Pope Osborne
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce
Company Aytch or a Side Show of the Big Show by Sam R. Watkins
Horse Diaries #2 by Alison Hart
Who Was Frederick Douglass? by April Jones Prince
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? by Jim O'Connor
“The Devil’s to Pay” by Eric J. Wittenberg
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
Sweet Taste of Liberty by W. Caleb McDaniel
The Untold Civil War by James Robertson
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker by Mary Pope Osborne
Frederick Douglass by Walter Dean Myers
Horse Diaries #9 by Jane Kendall
Who Was Sojourner Truth? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
The Life of Billy Yank by Bell Irvin Wiley
Who Was Clara Barton? by Stephanie Spinner
The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Out of the House of Bondage by Thavolia Glymph
The Classic Slave Narratives by Booker T Washington
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark A. Noll
The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas
Welcome to Addy's World, 1864 by Susan Sinnott
Shrouds of Glory by Winston Groom
The Civil War by Bruce Catton
Words Set Me Free by Lesa Cline-Ransome
America’s Buried History by Kenneth R. Rutherford
The Memoirs of W.T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
The Last Brother by Trinka Hakes Noble
Dog Diaries #13 by Kate Klimo
Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary by Josie Underwood
Seceding from Secession by Eric J. Wittenberg
A picture of freedom ' the diary of Clotee , a slave girl , belmont plantation ,virginia , 1859 by Patricia C. McKissack
All Different Now by Angela Johnson
Escape Into the Night by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Freedom at the Falls by Marianne Hering
Sickles at Gettysburg by James A. Hessler
Peculiar Institution by Kenneth M. Stampp
Lee's Miserables by J. Tracy Power
The Fremantle Diary by James Col. Fremantle
Lee and Grant by Gene Smith
Grand Army of Black Men by Redkey
Cold Mountain by Frazier, CharlesHardcover by Charles Frazier
The Counterrevolution of Slavery by Manisha Sinha
Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda