The Civil War Awakening

Book - 2011
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As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began.

1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom.

The book introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes--among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Adam Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040155
Branch Call Number: History 973.711 Goo
Alternative Title: Civil War awakening


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Dec 12, 2016

Well-considered in his historical approach, and very good sense of local narrative. The book is better read as a collection of historical short stories, however - the overall narrative intent of the author is not obvious until the final pages, and his biases not really acknowledged.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

Adam Goodheart has a true gift for sharing the personalities, motivations, and inevitable tragedies of long-dead political figures. I read this book weeks ago, and still not a day goes by when I don't think of poor Elmer Ellsworth.


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