A House Dividing
A new anthology of Civil War writings lets us see the roots of the conflict as if for the first time.
Daniel Walker Howe
The Civil War:
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It (Library of America #212)
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With the sesquicentennial of the Civil War upon us, the Library of America is issuing four major anthologies of writing from contemporaries on the Union and Confederate sides of the bloodiest of all our armed conflicts. The volumes, appearing under the general title The Civil War: Told by Those Who Lived It, track each year of the war between 1861 and 1865 and will span a four-year publishing schedule. The first volume—subtitled, suitably enough, The First Year and edited by the accomplished Civil War historians Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Deanoffers latter-day readers a fresh vantage on the war's origins in a deeper political crisis. With the Civil War firmly lodged in both historiography and popular imagination as a war—bearing a full detachment of military-history buffs, reenactors,
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