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In fact, according to the library of congress civil war desk reference, over 70,000 books have been published on various aspects of the civil war and more are being published every day. American civil war a peoples history of the civil war. A lengthy history of the american civil war supported by a vast number of quotations over 1,000 during the full length of the book, with a good mix of familiar and unfamiliar quotes from a wide range of figures on both sides, all connected by a good history of the war. American civil war new, used and rare books and ephemera at. This sophisticated survey is far more than its subtitle suggests.
As exhaustive a rendering of the military history of the civil war as any ever attempted, footes 2,968page, 1. Discover the best american civil war history in best sellers. The southern states also known as the confederacy, on the other hand, wanted to keep slavery. It is a mustread for any serious student of the history of usa. A life from beginning to end american civil war book. The american civil war was fought between 1861 and 1865 over the issues of slavery and states rights. The little regiment, and other episodes of the american civil war stephen crane 66 downloads. Keegan explains how the war created, or directly anticipated, all modern usa institutions and politics, and how it set in motion social changes. Best civil war books nonfiction history of the civil war.
Although the books do touch upon social and political aspects of the war, they are mostly a military history. There are an extraordinary number of books covering all aspects of the war from large overviews like james mcphersons battle cry freedom, gary gallaghers books on the union war and the confederate war, allan nevins 8 volume set on the conflict, and shelby footes three volume set of books on the war. It is generally known in the south as the war between the states and is also called the war of the rebellion the official union designation, the war of secession, and the war for southern independence. They relied on african slaves to farm their main crops of cotton and tobacco. Here are the books about the civil war that we should have read in school, because.
Jun 22, 2017 theres definitely no shortage of books about the american civil war. The best civil war books of all time analysis civil. The most common variant of these detail the victory and survival of the confederate states. The civil war will always be relevant in terms of its massive impact on american history, but its effects can be felt in so many ways beyond a mere understanding of the course of events.
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When antislavery candidate abraham lincoln was elected president 1860, the southern states seceded. Finally, in 1861, the american civil war erupted after the election of president abraham lincoln. The american civil war is a popular point of divergence in englishlanguage alternate history fiction. Widely regarded as the most authoritative onevolume history of the war. American civil war alternate histories are alternate history fiction that focuses on the civil war ending differently or not occurring.
Thread clearly states it is the american civil war, leading up to and from. Theres definitely no shortage of books about the american civil war. The end of the civil war largely marked the end of americas agrarian age, with more people settling in cities than ever before. From beloved classics to eyeopening narratives, we compiled together 10 of the best books to buy on american history. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon kindle store best sellers. The civil war a narrative by shelby foote, excellent condition, complete 9 volu. The most common variants detail the victory and survival of the confederate states. The american civil war is not the stuff of musty old history books, it is still claiming lives in america today. I understand the thinkingthat the civil rights movement had its roots in slaverybut if we open that door, a lot more can come in and dilute the thread. Apr 05, 2020 american civil war, fouryear war 186165 fought between the united states and 11 southern states that seceded to form the confederate states of america. New listing history of kearnys first new jersey brigade camille baquet 2nd lt.
American civil war new, used and rare books and ephemera. In its 952 pages, youll find a fullbodied history of the civil war, recounting the key events that led to the historic conflict and the political and military strategies, as well as. American civil war alternate histories are alternate history fiction that focuses on the civil war or a lack thereof ending differently. The civil war remains the deadliest military conflict in american history, and accounted for more american military deaths than all other wars combined until around the vietnam war. The problem is that most american history books focus on just a few topics, such as the american revolution and the civil war, while ignoring other topics that also helped shaped american culture ive compiled a list of books on american history that i feel are mustreads for every history lover. It was a bloody conflict that tore the country apart before slavery was finally abolished. Books and databases about the civil war american history. Its origin, cause and probable results, considered specially with regard to slavery dunedin, nz. Books and journals on the civil war and reconstruction the civil war is a subject on which much has been researched and written. Any recommended reading list therefore has to be highly selective and at least somewhat arbitrary. While most books about the civil war are historical retrospectives written by historians many years after the fact, a diary from dixie was actually written. Personal choice, popular culture, and the union home front 2105, won the bobbie and john nau book prize in american civil war era history. Eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the u.
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The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total. The civil war books that should have been assigned reading. From this republic of suffering to war for the union, from their tattered flags to the war of the rebellion, we can help you find the american civil war books you are looking for. It is written more like a collection of essays that are not expected to be read in. Douglas southall freeman perfect condition no reserve. Grant by ron chernow, high wide and lonesome by hal borland, leadership. From james mcphersons definitive history to tony horwitzs adventures among obsessives, here are the 11 best books on the civil war in time. Personally, i consider these books to be some of the best wbts biographies ever written. The war ended in 1865 with a victory for the north. Dec 04, 2016 american history remains one of the most popular genres of history, which is why we see dozens of books published each year on the subject. The best civil war books of all time analysis civil war monitor.
Struggles for the meaning of freedom new press peoples history 19 jul 2019. If you want to learn more about american history you have countless books to choose from. Uncle daniels story of tom anderson, and twenty great battles john mcelroy 62 downloads. Matthew gallman is a professor of history at the university of florida. The civil war is the most written about event in united states history. Most scholars in the field of us 19thcentury history spend a fiendish amount of time trying to come up with some clever title, while john keegans new study announces itself with deceptive simplicity.1396 745 725 1281 416 1202 954 1378 928 667 223 1299 741 1370 625 903 818 606 1465 95 1180 339 996 11 49 1583 964 330 813 740 862 925 741 1177 1222