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From the Publisher"Informative, original and engaging."
— Southern Literary Journal
"[A] sparkling study. . . . The most intriguing aspect . . . is its discussion of magazine stories and books written for children which not only shaped their perceptions of the earthshaking events of their youth but also influenced their worldview as adults during the postwar era."
— James McPherson, The Wall Street Journal, 'Five Best Books on the Civil War away from the battlefield'
"[Fahs has] managed to give us new and valuable insights into the wartime South, and her treatment of Northern popular literature is a signal contribution to our understanding of Civil War America.
(New York Times Book Review)"
Fahs has illuminated a fresh aspect of America's greatest drama.
(The Washington Times)
"The Imagined Civil War provides a much-needed perspective into the mental lives of northerners and southerners who tried to understand a world that was engulfed in violence and death, and changing in ways that few could have imagined.
(North and South)"
"By illuminating a critical aspect of American popular thought during the period of sectional conflict, Alice Fahs adds considerably to our historical knowledge of the Civil War era.
(Civil War History)"
Immensely valuable. An important contribution even to overburdened Civil War bookshelves.
(Journal of American History)