Title: The Civil War Archive: The History of the ...
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers , New York
Publication Date: 2000
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition
4to. Black paper over boards with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 854pp. Maps. Near fine/near fine. Tight, handsome first edition of this greatly revised and expanded version of Commager's 1950 "The Blue and the Gray: The Story of the Civil War as Told by Participants," described by E.B. Long as "Another 'reader;' well organized, with subject matter carefully chosen." NEVINS II, 8. Bookseller Inventory # 38899
Synopsis: In the same successful format as Our Nation's Archive (1-57912-067-9), The Civil War Archive presents the full story of the war between the states in documents direct from the minds, pens and hearts of the men and women who experienced it.
Hundreds of papers, letters, memoirs -- culled from family records, private correspondences, public archives and a variety of other sources -- trace the war from the nomination of Abraham Lincoln, through violent battles at Bull Run, to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, Reconstruction and beyond. Messages from lonely mothers at home, stories from soldiers on the front lines, lyrics to rousing battle hymns, confidential communications among officers - these primary documents render history in its rawest form and depict the war's impact on every spectrum of American society.
Expanding upon Henry Steele Commager's critically-acclaimed two-volume The Blue and the Gray, editor Erik Bruun brings to light new material that presents the Civil War through a contemporary lens, taking into account previously under-represented perspectives of blacks in the Civil War and including new sections on the war's aftermath and Reconstruction.
Entries are arranged chronologically, allowing The Civil War Archive to be read as a start-to-finish narrative of the war and its aftermath. In addition, each document is indexed by author and title, so history buffs can reference each piece by source or subject.
About the Author:
Erik Bruun has been a reporter, editor, and freelance writer for more than twenty years. His books include Our Nation's Archive and American Values and Virtues. In his home community, he has taken a leadership role in several organizations that advocate for social change. He has three children.
Henry Steele Commager has had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and historian. His academic credentials include posts at New York University, Duke, Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of California, Columbia and Amherst. Simultaneously, he has had a remarkable literary output since his first widely acclaimed book in 1930, The Growth of the American Republic, written in collaboration with Samuel Elliot Morison.
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