Ayers's civil war emerges from the lives of everyday people as well as those who helped shape history―John Brown and Frederick Douglass, Lincoln, Jackson, and Lee.27 illustrations, 1 map. When none remained, they took up war with startling intensity. Edward L. Ayers gives us a different Civil War, built on an intimate scale.
In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864 Valley of the Shadow Project #ad - Winner of the bancroft prize: through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War. But at the time, on the borderlands of Pennsylvania and Virginia, no one expected war, and no one knew how it would turn out. His story ends with the valley ravaged, Lincoln's support fragmenting, and Confederate forces massing for a battle at Gettysburg.
Our standard civil war histories tell a reassuring story of the triumph, free-labor North over the traditional, of the dynamic, in an inevitable conflict, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built into the nation's foundations. As this book relays with a vivid immediacy, disease, it came to their doorsteps in hunger, and measureless death.
The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of AmericaW. W. Norton & Company #ad - He does this by setting up at ground level in the Great Valley counties of Augusta, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Franklin, communities that shared a prosperous landscape but were divided by the Mason-Dixon Line. Winner of the lincoln prize A landmark Civil War history told from a fresh, deeply researched ground-level perspective.
At the crux of america’s history stand two astounding events: the immediate and complete destruction of the most powerful system of slavery in the modern world, followed by a political reconstruction in which new constitutions established the fundamental rights of citizens for formerly enslaved people.
We see the war itself become a scourge to the Valley, its pitched battles punctuating a cycle of vicious attack and reprisal in which armies burned whole towns for retribution. With analysis as powerful as its narrative, here is a landmark history of the Civil War. Few people living in 1860 would have dared imagine either event, in retrospect, and yet, both seem to have been inevitable.
The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America #ad - In a beautifully crafted narrative, Edward L. 30 illustrations; 10 maps. From the same vantage point occupied by his unforgettable characters, Ayers captures the strategic savvy of Lee and his local lieutenants, and the clear vision of equal rights animating black troops from Pennsylvania. Ayers restores the drama of the unexpected to the history of the Civil War.
In the weeks and months after emancipation, Virginia, from the streets of Staunton, we see black and white residents testing the limits of freedom as political leaders negotiate the terms of readmission to the Union.
The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of AmericaW. W. Norton & Company #ad - 30 illustrations; 10 maps. In the weeks and months after emancipation, from the streets of Staunton, Virginia, we see black and white residents testing the limits of freedom as political leaders negotiate the terms of readmission to the Union. We see the war itself become a scourge to the Valley, its pitched battles punctuating a cycle of vicious attack and reprisal in which armies burned whole towns for retribution.
From the same vantage point occupied by his unforgettable characters, Ayers captures the strategic savvy of Lee and his local lieutenants, and the clear vision of equal rights animating black troops from Pennsylvania. Winner of the lincoln prize A landmark Civil War history told from a fresh, deeply researched ground-level perspective.
The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America #ad - At the crux of america’s history stand two astounding events: the immediate and complete destruction of the most powerful system of slavery in the modern world, followed by a political reconstruction in which new constitutions established the fundamental rights of citizens for formerly enslaved people.
With analysis as powerful as its narrative, here is a landmark history of the Civil War. Ayers restores the drama of the unexpected to the history of the Civil War. Few people living in 1860 would have dared imagine either event, in retrospect, and yet, both seem to have been inevitable. In a beautifully crafted narrative, Edward L.
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American MemoryBelknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press #ad - Blight's sweeping narrative of triumph and tragedy, is a compelling tale of the politics of memory, romance and realism, of how a nation healed from civil war without justice. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. The ensuing decades witnessed the triumph of a culture of reunion, which downplayed sectional division and emphasized the heroics of a battle between noble men of the Blue and the Gray.
By the early twentieth century, the problems of race and reunion were locked in mutual dependence, a painful legacy that continues to haunt us today. No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. Race and reunion is a history of how the unity of white America was purchased through the increasing segregation of black and white memory of the Civil War.
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory #ad - David blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion. In 1865, confronted with a ravaged landscape and a torn America, the North and South began a slow and painful process of reconciliation. Blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, the romanticized South of literature, the idea of the Lost Cause, soldiers' reminiscences of battle, and the ritual of Memorial Day.
Nearly lost in national culture were the moral crusades over slavery that ignited the war, the presence and participation of African Americans throughout the war, and the promise of emancipation that emerged from the war. He resurrects the variety of african-American voices and memories of the war and the efforts to preserve the emancipationist legacy in the midst of a culture built on its denial.
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil WarOxford University Press #ad - He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War remained powerfully convinced of the ideals for which they fought throughout the conflict. Significantly, political debates, their letters were also uncensored by military authorities, and are uniquely frank in their criticism and detailed in their reports of marches and battles, relations between officers and men, and morale.
. Gazing at bloody lane where, he marveled, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that. Why did those men risk certain death, america's preeminent civil war historian, over and over again, awful years ? Why did the conventional wisdom -- that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses -- not hold true in the Civil War? It is to this question--why did they fight--that James McPherson, through countless bloody battles and four long, now turns his attention.
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War #ad - And they fought to defend their honor and manhood. They fought to defend their country, either the Union--"the best Government ever made"--or the Confederate states, where their very homes and families were under siege. Soldiers on both sides harkened back to the Founding Fathers, and the ideals of the American Revolution.
Motivated by duty and honor, freedom, these men wrote frequently of their firm belief in the cause for which they fought: the principles of liberty, justice, and often by religious faith, and patriotism. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield.
While duty calls me here and my country demands my services I should be willing to make the sacrifice, " one man wrote to his protesting parents.
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War Vintage Civil War LibraryVintage #ad - Vintage Books USA. Throughout, preachers, poets, of statesmen, surgeons, generals, nurses, the voices of soldiers and their families, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality. More than 600, 000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War.
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War Vintage Civil War Library #ad - Belknap Press. In this republic of suffering, drew gilpin faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God.
An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million.
Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil WarOxford University Press #ad - Varon also offers new perspectives on major battles, illuminating how soldiers and civilians alike coped with the physical and emotional toll of the war as it grew into a massive humanitarian crisis. Northerners imagined the war as a crusade to deliver the Southern masses from slaveholder domination and to bring democracy, prosperity, and education to the region.
In their quest for political unity Confederates relentlessly played up two themes: Northern barbarity and Southern victimization. Vintage Books USA. The union's politics of deliverance helped it to win the war. Armies of deliverance offers innovative insights on the conflict for those steeped in Civil War history and novices alike.
The theme of deliverance was essential in mobilizing a Unionist coalition of Northerners and anti Confederate Southerners. Loyal americans marched off to war in 1861 not to conquer the South but to liberate it. Confederates, discredit, were determined to preempt, fighting to establish an independent slaveholding republic, and silence Yankee appeals to the Southern masses.
Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War #ad - Casting the union army as ruthless conquerors, Confederates argued that the emancipation of blacks was synonymous with the subjugation of the white South. So argues Elizabeth R. But such appeals failed to convince Confederates to accept peace on the victor's terms, ultimately sowing the seeds of postwar discord.
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War SouthHarvard University Press #ad - Pulitzer prize finalistwinner of the frederick douglass prizewinner of the Merle Curti Prize“Perhaps the highest praise one can offer McCurry’s work is to say that once we look through her eyes, it will become almost impossible to believe that we ever saw or thought otherwise. Drew gilpin faust, the new republicthe story of the Confederate States of America, the proslavery, antidemocratic nation created by white Southern slaveholders to protect their property, has been told many times in heroic and martial narratives.
The government was forced to become accountable to women and slaves, provoking an astounding transformation of the slaveholders’ state. Women and slaves became critical political actors as they contested government enlistment and tax and welfare policies, and struggled for their freedom. That confederate struggle played out in a highly charged international arena.
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South #ad - The political project of the Confederacy was tried by its own people and failed. When the grandiosity of Southerners’ national ambitions met the harsh realities of wartime crises, unintended consequences ensued. Belknap Press. Power and politics in the Civil War South. Now, however, stephanie McCurry tells a very different tale of the Confederate experience.
Confederate reckoning is the startling story of this epic political battle in which women and slaves helped to decide the fate of the Confederacy and the outcome of the Civil War.
Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850, 20th Anniversary EditionOxford University Press #ad - Power and politics in the Civil War South. Since its publication in 1984, Chants Democratic has endured as a classic narrative on labor and the rise of American democracy. Vintage Books USA. He provides a panoramic chronicle of New York City's labor strife, social movements, and political turmoil in the eras of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850, 20th Anniversary Edition #ad - Belknap Press. Twenty years after its initial publication, Wilentz has added a new preface that takes stock of his own thinking, then and now, about New York City and the rise of the American working class. In it, sean wilentz explores the dramatic social and intellectual changes that accompanied early industrialization in New York.
Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America Gender and American CultureThe University of North Carolina Press #ad - Power and politics in the Civil War South. Used book in Good Condition. Vintage Books USA. Confederacy politics. With this book, nancy Isenberg illuminates the origins of the Belknap Press.
Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom American CrossroadsUniversity of California Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Belknap Press. Confederacy politics. A sensitive rendition of the hard realities of black slavery within Native American nations, and tensions among African Americans, Native Americans, ironies, the book provides the fullest picture we have of the myriad complexities, and whites in the first half of the nineteenth century.
This beautifully written book, now in its second edition, tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family. This is the gripping story of their lives, in slavery and in freedom. Doll emerges as an especially poignant character, whose life is mostly known through the records of things done to her―her purchase, her marriage, the loss of her children―but also through her moving petition to the federal government for the pension owed to her as Shoe Boots's widow.
Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom American Crossroads #ad - Meticulously crafted from historical and literary sources, Ties That Bind vividly portrays the members of the Shoeboots family. Updated with a new preface and an appendix of key primary sources, this remains an essential book for students of Native American history, African American history, and the history of race and ethnicity in the United States.
In the late 1790s, a famed cherokee warrior and successful farmer, Shoe Boots, acquired an African slave named Doll. Vintage Books USA. Univ of California Pr. Power and politics in the Civil War South.