The Civil War in 50 Objects (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 2, 2013 - History - 416 pages
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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.



  

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Review: The Civil War in 50 Objects

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

A fascinating book, and a must-read for any Civil War or American history buff. My only complaint is that there's nothing in the pictures to help the reader put the artifacts into perspective size ... Read full review

Review: The Civil War in 50 Objects

User Review  - Mackenzie Brooks - Goodreads

I started this book before I moved to Lexington where the Civil War is the main attraction in town. I have a little more context now. Great concept, well executed. Read full review

Contents

Chains That Bind
For Sale to the Highest Bidder
The Animal Himself
Where the Civil War Began
To Arms
Blarney from Bull Run?
Thoughts of the Futurebut Where?
Hidden Glory
Traveling Light
An Ovationand a Bannerfor Black Troops
A Modern Major General
Alls Fair
Strong Opinions
Political Dirty Tricks
Publish or Perish?
Bloody Good Friday

An Early Call to Recruit Black Troops
Frederick Douglasss Call to Arms
Suffered Severely and Behaved Well
Emancipated by
Wheel of Misfortune
A Helping Hand for the Wounded Veteran
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Harold Holzer has written or edited more than forty books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. He is currently a senior vice president at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. He lives in New York City.

The New-York Historical Society is the oldest museum in New York City, and one of the country’s pre-eminent cultural institutions.

Harold Holzer has written or edited more than forty books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. He is currently a senior vice president at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. He lives in New York City.

The New-York Historical Society is the oldest museum in New York City, and one of the country’s pre-eminent cultural institutions.

Harold Holzer has written or edited more than forty books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. He is currently a senior vice president at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. He lives in New York City.

The New-York Historical Society is the oldest museum in New York City, and one of the country’s pre-eminent cultural institutions.

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