Deep Waters of the Proud: Vol. 1 The Imperiled Union, 1861-1865

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Great American Folklore gathers together nearly three hundred of the most entertaining legends, tall tales, and ballads from America's distinctive oral heritage. In these pages you'll find old favorites like Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed, and legendary historic figures such as Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp, and Davy Crockett, not to mention a host of less familiar folk heroes and heroines from all across the nation. This is a book that will make you laugh and remember. It's filled with outrageously colorful characters: explorers and wayfarers, gamblers and boasters, cowboys and outlaws, preachers and politicians. In page after page South and the iron-hard obstinacy of the North. In the process, some sacred reputations are tarnished (Beauregard's, for one), some are refurbished, and some made anew. It was to be a war of "firsts": for example, using railroads for strategic purposes as Joseph Johnston did at Bull Run. And as always in war, irony marched in step with both Johnny Reb and Damnyankee as they met their common fate on the battlefield. For history shows (and rarely as brilliantly as in these pages) that the South could have better served its interests within the Union than without. America's Civil War demands telling-and retelling -as each generation seeks to discover its meaning anew. It will be a long time before that meaning is so clearly and dramatically presented as it is in The Deep Waters of the Proud.

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