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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, we have put together a short list of some of our favorite Civil War books
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Civil War Classics

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Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era - James McPherson
Call Number: 973.73 MCP
ISBN: 0195038630
Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness.

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Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 - David Potter
Call Number: 973.711 POT
ISBN: 9780061319297


Recent Books

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The Civil War : the first year told by those who lived it - Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Call Number: 973.7 Civil
ISBN: 9781598530889
Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, military reports, legal opinions, and memoirs, The Civil War: The First Year gathers over 120 pieces by more than sixty participants to create a unique firsthand narrative of this great historical crisis. Beginning on the eve of Lincoln's election in November 1860 and ending in January 1862 with the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as secretary of war, this volume presents writing by figures well-known-Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Mary Chesnut, Frederick Douglass, and Lincoln himself among them-and less familiar, like proslavery advocate J.D.B. DeBow, Lieutenants Charles B. Haydon of the 2nd Michigan Infantry and Henry Livermore Abbott of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and plantation mistresses Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina and Kate Stone of Mississippi.

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1861: The Civil War Awakening - Adam Goodheart
Call Number: NEW 973.711 GOO
ISBN: 9781400040155

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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery - Eric Foner
Call Number: 973.7092 FON
ISBN: 9780393066180
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize

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The Civil War : a concise history - Louis P. Masur
Call Number: 973.7 MAS
ISBN: 9780199740482

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America Aflame - David Goldfield
Call Number: NEW 973.711 GOL
ISBN: 9781596917026


Causes of the Civil War

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Disunion from the New York Times

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America's most perilous period -- using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.

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This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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