What They Didn't Teach You about the Civil War

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What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War looks at the ordinary people who fought the war and the people they left behind. It is about Belle Starr and Johnny Clem, one the South's top female spy, the other a nine-year-old drummer boy who went on to serve 46 years in the U.S. Army. It is about the first shot fired at Fort Sumter (by a civilian who later committed suicide) and the final lowering of the Confederate flag (by a ship's captain in Liverpool, England). It is about death on the battlefields and in ...
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Overview

What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War looks at the ordinary people who fought the war and the people they left behind. It is about Belle Starr and Johnny Clem, one the South's top female spy, the other a nine-year-old drummer boy who went on to serve 46 years in the U.S. Army. It is about the first shot fired at Fort Sumter (by a civilian who later committed suicide) and the final lowering of the Confederate flag (by a ship's captain in Liverpool, England). It is about death on the battlefields and in prison cells, about women fighting to be recognized for their accomplishments, and how people on both sides managed to survive the deadliest war this nation has seen. These are the emotions, passions, and stories that go far beyond History 101.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Instant coffee was invented during the Civil War for use by Union troops, who hated it; holding races between lice was a popular pastime for both Johnny Reb and Billy Yank; 13% of the Confederate Army deserted during the conflict.These are three of the hundreds of bits of knowledge that Mike Wright makes available in his informative and entertaining What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War, which focuses on the lives and ways of ordinary soldiers and of those they left behind. Photos not seen by PW.
Library Journal
Award-winning television writer Wright wants to make the Civil War fun in the misguided belief that American history instruction needs more entertainment. The result is a patchwork of amusing anecdotes and ill-assorted "factoids" about spies, sports, sex, starvation, good and bad soldiering, the misdeeds and missteps of generals and politicians, and more. Wright has an eye for the odd detail, but he lacks vision. His "book" is aptly titled, because no teacher in good conscience would try to pass off this series of one-liners as history. The few laughs Wright provides do not compensate for his lack of narrative coherence and historical argument of his undisciplined and sometimes uninformed writing. For example, his chapter on slavery and culture is outdated and has errors. Indeed, Wright's "book" marches around to no purpose, much like the inept generals he spanks in his text. Only for libraries that want everything on the war.-Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891416548
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: What They Didn't Teach You Series
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 933,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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