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The New York Times: Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's Election to the Emancipation Proclamation

By Ted Widmer, Clay Risen, George Kalogerakis

A significant new number of glossy commentary— from students, historians, and Civil warfare buffs—on the numerous occasions of the Civil battle, culled from The manhattan Times' renowned Disunion online magazine

Since its debut on November 6, 2010, Disunion, The long island Times' acclaimed magazine in regards to the Civil conflict, has released thousands of unique articles and received a number of awards, together with "Best background Website" from the hot Media Institute and the heritage information community. Following the chronology of the secession main issue and the Civil battle, the members to Disunion, who contain glossy students, reporters, historians, and Civil struggle buffs, supply ongoing day-by-day remark and evaluate of the Civil battle because it unfolded.

Now, for the 1st time, this attention-grabbing and traditionally major observation has been accumulated jointly and arranged in a single quantity. In The long island occasions: Disunion, historian Ted Widmer, has chosen greater than a hundred articles that disguise occasions starting with Lincoln's presidential victory throughout the Emancipation Proclamation. subject matters comprise every little thing from Walt Whitman's wartime diary to the bloody guerrilla campaigns in Missouri and Kansas. Esteemed individuals comprise William Freehling, Adam Goodheart, and Edward Ayers, between others.

The ebook additionally compiles new essays that experience no longer been released at the Disunion web site via members and famous historians equivalent to David Blight, Gary Gallagher, and Drew Gilpin Faust. themes comprise the viewpoint of African-American slaves and freed males at the struggle, the secession drawback within the higher South, the struggle within the West (that is, previous the Appalachians), the battle in Texas, the foreign context, and Civil War–era cartography. photos, modern etchings, and distinct maps around out the book.

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