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The Civil War Archive: The History of the Civil War in Documents

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In the same successful format as Our Nation's Archive (1-57912-067-9), The Civil War Archive presents the full story of the war between the states in documents direct from the minds, pens and hearts of the men and women who experienced it.

Hundreds of papers, letters, memoirs — culled from family records, private correspondences, public archives and a variety of other sources — trace the war from the nomination of Abraham Lincoln, through violent battles at Bull Run, to the ...

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Overview

In the same successful format as Our Nation's Archive (1-57912-067-9), The Civil War Archive presents the full story of the war between the states in documents direct from the minds, pens and hearts of the men and women who experienced it.

Hundreds of papers, letters, memoirs — culled from family records, private correspondences, public archives and a variety of other sources — trace the war from the nomination of Abraham Lincoln, through violent battles at Bull Run, to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, Reconstruction and beyond. Messages from lonely mothers at home, stories from soldiers on the front lines, lyrics to rousing battle hymns, confidential communications among officers - these primary documents render history in its rawest form and depict the war's impact on every spectrum of American society.

Expanding upon Henry Steele Commager's critically-acclaimed two-volume The Blue and the Gray, editor Erik Bruun brings to light new material that presents the Civil War through a contemporary lens, taking into account previously under-represented perspectives of blacks in the Civil War and including new sections on the war's aftermath and Reconstruction.

Entries are arranged chronologically, allowing The Civil War Archive to be read as a start-to-finish narrative of the war and its aftermath. In addition, each document is indexed by author and title, so history buffs can reference each piece by source or subject.

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<:st>Originally published in 1950 as (a classic cited in ). This revised edition of a vast collection of first-person accounts and landmark documents by soldiers, generals, politicians, presidents, poets, slaves, mothers, and children brings the Civil War to life through the words of those who were there. Journalist Bruun's additions of recent scholarship and historical interpretations to the original material provided by noted historian Commager contribute to a modern view of the war and add an array of new voices to the public record. Each chapter opens with a discussion of the relevant themes, and every selection begins with an introduction establishing the historical, military, or political context. Contains all the momentous documents of the era, as well as new chapters covering the African American war experience, poetry, emancipation, and the period of Reconstruction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781579121105
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 8.69 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 2.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Bruun has been a reporter, editor, and freelance writer for more than twenty years. His books include Our Nation's Archive and American Values and Virtues. In his home community, he has taken a leadership role in several organizations that advocate for social change. He has three children.

Henry Steele Commager has had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and historian. His academic credentials include posts at New York University, Duke, Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of California, Columbia and Amherst. Simultaneously, he has had a remarkable literary output since his first widely acclaimed book in 1930, The Growth of the American Republic, written in collaboration with Samuel Elliot Morison.

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