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Goodheart, Adam
1861 : the Civil War awakening / Adam Goodheart
Alternate Title Eighteen hundred sixty-one : the Civil War awakening
Civil War awakening
First edition
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E459 .G66 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865
United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
Physical Description 481 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note "This is a Borzoi book"--t.p
Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-456) and index
Summary As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, historian Adam Goodheart presents an 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. 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.--From publisher description
Contents Prologue : a banner at daybreak : Charleston Harbor, December 1860 -- Wide awake : Boston, October 1860 -- The old gentlemen : Washington, January 1861 -- Forces of nature : central Ohio, February 1861 -- A shot in the dark : Charleston Harbor, April 1861 -- The volunteer : lower Manhattan, April 1861 -- Gateways to the west : Carson Valley, Nevada Territory, May 1861 -- The crossing : Washington, May 1861 -- Freedom's fortress : Hampton Roads, Virginia, May 1861 -- Independence Day : Washington, D.C., July 1861

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