American Civil War

The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War

By Dick Lehr

In 1915, men—one a journalist agitator, the opposite a technically awesome filmmaker—incited a public disagreement that roiled the United States, pitting black opposed to white, Hollywood opposed to Boston, and unfastened speech opposed to civil rights.

Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith have been battling over a movie that dramatized the Civil battle and Reconstruction in a post-Confederate South. nearly fifty years previous, Monroe’s father, James, was once a sergeant in an all-black Union regiment that marched into Charleston, South Carolina, simply because the Kentucky cavalry—including Roaring Jack Griffith, D. W.’s father—fled for his or her lives. Griffith’s movie, The delivery of a Nation, integrated actors in blackface, heroic snap shots of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and an outline of Lincoln’s assassination. Freed slaves have been portrayed as villainous, vengeful, slovenly, and hazardous to the sanctity of yankee values. It used to be greatly winning, ultimately obvious through 25 million american citizens. yet violent protests
against the movie flared up around the country.

Monroe Trotter’s vast campaign to have the movie censored grew to become a blueprint for dissent through the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. this can be the fiery tale of a progressive second for mass media and the nascent civil rights move, and the boys clashing over the cultural and political soul of a still-young the US status on the cusp of its maximum days.

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Alice in Love and War

By Ann Turnbull

1644 – Alice Newcombe, trapped and unsatisfied on her uncle's farm, reveals her lifestyles remodeled whilst royalist infantrymen are billeted there in the course of the Civil battle. unexpectedly her days are full of pleasure – and love for one younger soldier, Robin. while the regiment strikes on, Alice persuades Robin to take her with him, and she or he joins the opposite military girls at the luggage teach. the line forward is hard and long – will there be happiness at its finish?

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The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

By Shelby Foote

"This, then, is narrative history—a type of historical past that is going again to an older literary tradition.... The writing is superb...one of the historic and literary achievements of our time." —The Washington publish ebook World

"Gettysburg...is defined with such meticulous recognition to motion, terrain, time, and the characters of a number of the commanders that I comprehend, eventually, what occurred in that battle.... Mr. Foote has an acute feel of the relative significance of occasions and a novelist's ability in directing the reader's cognizance to the lads and the episodes that might impact the process the entire conflict, with out omitting goods that are of short-term curiosity. His association of proof may perhaps infrequently be better." —Atlantic

"Though the occasions of this center yr of the Civil conflict were acknowledged enormous quantities of occasions, they've got infrequently been re-created with such energy and such picturesque detail." —The manhattan occasions booklet Review

"The lucidity of the conflict narratives, the power of the prose, the powerful feeling for the lads from generals to privates who did the battling, are all managed through consistent experience of the way it occurred and what it used to be all approximately. Foote has the novelist's feeling for personality and scenario, with out wasting the historian's scrupulous regard for recorded truth. The Civil War is probably going to face unequaled." —Walter generators

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Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care

By Scott McGaugh

Jonathan Letterman was once an outpost scientific officer serving in Indian state within the years prior to the Civil warfare, accountable for the care of simply enormous quantities of guys. but if he used to be appointed the manager scientific officer for the military of the Potomac, he revolutionized strive against drugs over the process 4 significant battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg—that produced unparalleled numbers of casualties. He made battlefield survival attainable via growing the 1st equipped ambulance corps and a greater box health facility process. He imposed clinical professionalism on a chaotic battlefield. the place ahead of 20 percentage of the boys have been undeserving to struggle due to illness, squalid stipulations, and terrible foodstuff, he enhanced wellbeing and fitness and wrestle readiness by way of pioneering hygiene and vitamin criteria. in keeping with unique examine, and with stirring money owed of conflict and the fight to invent and provide sufficient care in the course of most unlikely stipulations, this new biography recounts Letterman’s lifestyles from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his next existence as a wildcatter and the health worker of San Francisco. eventually, here's the lacking portrait of a key determine of Civil warfare heritage and army drugs. His ideas of battlefield care stay taught to army commanders and primary responders.

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Surviving Andersonville: One Prisoner's Recollections of the Civil War's Most Notorious Camp

By Ed Glennan

This can be a documentary paintings providing a first-person account of a Union soldier's day-by-day adversity whereas a prisoner of conflict from 20 September 1863 to four June 1865. In 1891, whereas a sufferer on the Leavenworth nationwide domestic, Irish immigrant Edward Glennan started to write down his reviews in shiny element, describing the months of malnutrition, publicity, sickness and self-doubt. the 1st six months Glennan was once incarcerated at Libby and Danville prisons in Virginia. On 20 March 1864, Glennan entered Camp Sumter, situated close to Andersonville, Georgia. He reminisced in regards to the occasions of his eight-month captivity at Andersonville, comparable to the placing of the Raider Six, get away tunnels, playing, buying and selling, ration wagons, and ailment. troubled with scurvy, Glennan approximately misplaced his skill to stroll. to extend his percentages for survival, he skillfully befriended different prisoners, sharing assets got via alternate, robbery and trickery. His buddies left him both via parole or loss of life. On 14 November 1864, Glennan was once transported from Andersonville to Camp Parole in Maryland; there he remained till his discharge on four June 1865.

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The Amalgamation Polka (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Stephen Wright

Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate ny, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists in addition to the grandson of Carolina slaveholders much more devoted to their reason. hence follows a early life limned with fugitive slaves relocating via hidden passageways in the home, and the inevitable misery that befalls his mom every time letters arrive from her mom and dad. In hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, Liberty escapes--first into the cauldron of warfare after which right into a bedlam extra annoying nonetheless. In a colourful demonstrate of literary fulfillment, Stephen Wright brings us a Civil battle novel not like the other.

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Arms and Equipment of the Civil War

By Jack Coggins

Stronger with terrific illustrations, the textual content describes what materiel was once to be had to the armies and navies of either sides — from iron-clad gunboats, submarine torpedoes, and army balloons to pontoon bridges, percussion grenades, and siege artillery — with on-the-scene reviews via Union and accomplice infantrymen approximately gear and camp lifestyles. Over 500 black-and-white illustrations.

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Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861-65 (New Vanguard)

By Angus Konstam

First and foremost of the yankee Civil struggle, neither facet had warships at the Mississippi River and within the first few months either side scrambled to assemble a flotilla, changing latest riverboats for naval use. those ships have been remodeled into strong naval guns regardless of a scarcity of assets, expert manpower and appropriate vessels. The construction of a river fleet used to be a miracle of ingenuity, improvisation and logistics, rather for the South. This identify describes their layout, improvement and operation during the American Civil struggle.

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Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)

By Drew Gilpin Faust

While accomplice males marched off to conflict, southern girls struggled with the hot tasks of directing farms and plantations, delivering for households, and supervising more and more restive slaves. Drew Faust bargains a compelling photo of the greater than half-million ladies who belonged to the slaveholding households of the Confederacy in this interval of acute challenge, whilst everything of those women's lives turned vexed and uncertain.

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