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The Civil War: A History in Documents (Pages from History)
The Civil War: A History in Documents (Pages from History) by Rachel Filene Seidman 0195115589 9780195115581
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The Civil War: A History in Documents (Pages from History) by Rachel Filene Seidman

The Civil War was not only a stunning event in military history; it defined the American people by forcing them to grapple with the founding principles of the nation. Rachel Seidman brings together an array of primary sources from the antebellum period, the war, and Reconstruction to provide awell-rounded account of this pivotal era. Political debates and military developments may occupy the historical foreground, but it is the letters, diary entries, memoirs, and testimony of blacks, Native Americans, women, children, farmers, and foot soldiers in the richly textured background thatbring the Civil War to life. Ex-slave Frederick Douglasss abolitionist speeches and writings contrast with Southern magazine editor James DeBows defense of the slave system to set the political conflict in a national context. Northern traveler Caroline Seaburys heartbreaking letter about a slave auction and Southern slavemistress Ella Thomass conflicted diary entries about her servant Isabella detail the daily brutality of slavery. Confederate general James Longstreets report of the Battle of Gettysburg and Union general William T. Shermans letter to the leaders of Atlanta document tactics introduced in the CivilWar, while letters between soldiers and their families record the anguish and the courage on the battlefield and at home. A picture essay entitled Images of War graphically demonstrates the devastation wrought by the war through photography--a new medium in the 1860s that profoundly changedAmerican attitudes about warfare. Despite the Souths surrender, violence and conflict continued during Reconstruction. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, but state-sanctioned Black Codes limited African American freedoms. At the cost of some 620,000 lives, the battles had ended, but Americas struggle with the legacy of slaverywas only beginning.

Author: Rachel Filene Seidman

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 208

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2001-02-01

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 0195115589

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