NPR American Chronicles: The Civil War


NPR captures the battlefield action, the personal struggles, and the moral dilemmas of the war that pitted brother against brother (and sometimes sister) and friend against friend. This revealing collection of Civil War stories features ...
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NPR captures the battlefield action, the personal struggles, and the moral dilemmas of the war that pitted brother against brother (and sometimes sister) and friend against friend. This revealing collection of Civil War stories features gripping history, expert commentary, and unforgettable voices:

  • Shelby Foote reflects on the southern perspective
  • E.L. Doctorow discusses Sherman and The March
  • Sam Waterston performs the Gettysburg Address
  • Hal Holbrook honors Iowa in the Civil War
  • Susan Stamberg reports from Lincoln’s summer retreat
  • James McPherson tours Gettysburg’s hallowed ground
  • Tony Horwitz explores the world of Civil War reenactors
  • Plus visits to battlefields at Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg, and much more.

    The NPR American Chronicles series explores the historical events that continue to resonate in our lives. Expert commentary and unforgettable stories create vivid sound portraits of history’s greatest people and events, examined in multi-faceted and moving detail.
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“The episodes are uniformly engaging and create a ‘you-are-there’ atmosphere.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611742534
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 3 hours
  • Pages: 3
  • Sales rank: 1,163,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

NEAL CONAN is the host of Talk of the Nation, the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. Conan brings three decades of news and radio experience to the show, which reaches nearly 3 million listeners a week on more than 280 NPR member stations. Conan has won both Peabody and duPont awards for his work.

Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Neal Conan
  • Manassas/Bull Run
  • Historian Shelby Foote
  • Geraldine Brooks’ Civil War March
  • History of “Dixie”
  • Confederates in the Attic
  • Antietam
  • Viewing the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Gettysburg’s Hallowed Ground
  • Old Army Friends, Divided At Gettysburg
  • Gettysburg Eyewitness
  • Gettysburg Address Read by Sam Waterston
  • Henry Fleming, Reluctantly Wearing the Red Badge
  • Woman Fought Like a Man for Freedom
  • Civil War Reporters
  • Historians Search for Civil War Relics
  • Civil War Relics Tempt Thieves
  • Living History at Lincoln’s Summer Retreat
  • E.L. Doctorow on Sherman and The March
  • April 1865
  • Letters from Civil War Era Tell the Price of Freedom
  • Iowa in the Civil War
  • What It Means to Be Free
  • The Civil War Still Stirs the Southern Soul
  • Union Soldier Comes Home
  • Appomattox
  • At Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln’s Death Revisited
  • “O Captain! My Captain!”
  • “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the Other National Anthem
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