9781595581259

A People's History of the Civil War

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  • ISBN13:

    9781595581259

  • ISBN10:

    1595581251

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-01
  • Publisher: New Pr

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Summary

The acclaimed sweeping history of a nation at war with itself, told here for the first time by the people who lived it. Bottom-up history at its very best, A People's History of the Civil War "does for the Civil War period what Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States did for the study of American history in general" (Library Journal). Widely praised upon its initial release, it was described as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Historian David Williams has written the first account of the American Civil War though the eyes of ordinary people--foot soldiers, slaves, women, prisoners of war, draft resisters, Native Americans, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative moves beyond presidents and generals to tell a new and powerful story about America's most destructive conflict. A People's History of the Civil War is "readable social history" which "sheds fascinating light" (Publishers Weekly) on this crucial period. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked perspectives and forgotten voices of one of the defining chapters of American history. Forty b/w images.

Author Biography

David Williams is a Professor of History at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia

Table of Contents

Series Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: "The People at War"p. 1
"All for the Benefit of the Wealthy"p. 13
"The Brunt Is Thrown upon the Working Classes"p. 73
"The Women Rising"p. 131
"We Poor Soldiers"p. 191
"Come In Out of the Draft"p. 253
"My God! Are We Free?"p. 325
"Indians Here Have No Fight with the Whites"p. 389
"Was the War in Vain?"p. 451
Afterwordp. 497
Notesp. 499
Bibliographyp. 543
Indexp. 567
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