The Legacy of the Civil War

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In this elegant book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explores the manifold ways in which the Civil War changed the United States forever. He confronts its costs, not only human (six hundred thousand men killed) and economic (beyond reckoning) but social and psychological. He touches on popular misconceptions, including some concerning Abraham Lincoln and the issue of slavery. The war in all its facets “grows in our consciousness,” arousing complex emotions and leaving “a gallery of great human images for our ...
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Overview


In this elegant book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explores the manifold ways in which the Civil War changed the United States forever. He confronts its costs, not only human (six hundred thousand men killed) and economic (beyond reckoning) but social and psychological. He touches on popular misconceptions, including some concerning Abraham Lincoln and the issue of slavery. The war in all its facets “grows in our consciousness,” arousing complex emotions and leaving “a gallery of great human images for our contemplation.”
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

"Warren brings to this task his critical acuteness as a historian . . . his verbal sensitivity as a novelist, and his insight as a poet."—David Donald, New York Times Book Review

— David Donald

Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Here is a perfect gem of a book. . . . Here is something sound and meaty about the place of the Civil War in American history and its place in American thinking."—Chicago Sunday Tribune
New Yorker

"A brilliant piece of work, quick and sharp with insight, yet compassionate. A stimulating book."—New Yorker
New York Times Book Review - David Donald

"Warren brings to this task his critical acuteness as a historian . . . his verbal sensitivity as a novelist, and his insight as a poet."—David Donald, New York Times Book Review
New York Times Book Review

"Warren brings to this task his critical acuteness as a historian . . . his verbal sensitivity as a novelist, and his insight as a poet."—David Donald, New York Times Book Review

Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Here is a perfect gem of a book. . . . Here is something sound and meaty about the place of the Civil War in American history and its place in American thinking."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

New Yorker

"A brilliant piece of work, quick and sharp with insight, yet compassionate. A stimulating book."—New Yorker

Library Journal
"The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner here presents his opinions on how the Civil War shaped modern America," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 5/15/61). Warren is an unbiased observer and in analyzing the causes and effects of the fighting places guilt in both camps. This remains "a timely and valuable book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803298019
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 610,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


A distinguished poet, novelist, and historian, Robert Penn Warren wrote The Legacy of the Civil War for the centennial in 1961. Introducing this edition is Howard Jones, University Research Professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Alabama. His works include Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War, also available as a Bison Book.
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