The Civil War in 50 Objects
The American companion to A History of the World in 100 Objects: A fresh, visual perspective on the Civil War. From a soldier’s diary with the pencil still attached to John Brown’s pike, the Emancipation Proclamation, a Confederate Palmetto flag, and the leaves from Abraham Lincoln’s bier, here... show more
The American companion to A History of the World in 100 Objects: A fresh, visual perspective on the Civil War.
From a soldier’s diary with the pencil still attached to John Brown’s pike, the Emancipation Proclamation, a Confederate Palmetto flag, and the leaves from Abraham Lincoln’s bier, here is a unique and surprisingly intimate look at the Civil War. Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox—the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives—Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female—and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.
With an introduction from Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner and more than eighty photographs, The Civil War in 50 Objects is the perfect companion for readers and history fans to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Publish date: 02-05-2013
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
I have to admit, I'm not as interested in the US Civil War as I ought to be, both as an American and as a "Southerner". Perhaps it's too far removed from my reality. I certainly haven't ever bought into the inanity that is "The South Shall Rise Again", so perhaps a measure of my apathy comes from ...
I loved studying history in college and nothing caused me more pleasure then learning from and about primary sources. There is something about reading a handwritten letter from someone long dead or holding (with gloves!) an item of importance that was owned and cared for that can not be described. Y...
This book takes a fascinating approach to civil war history, progressing generally chronologically but with each chapter focused on a particular artifact. As the goodreads description states, the objects include everything “from a soldier’s diary with the pencil still attached to John Brown’s pike, ...