What They Didn't Teach You about the Civil War

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Random House Incorporated, 1996 - History - 316 pages
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What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War looks at the ordinary people who fought the war and the people they left behind. It is about Belle Starr and Johnny Clem, one the South's top female spy, the other a nine-year-old drummer boy who went on to serve 46 years in the U.S. Army. It is about the first shot fired at Fort Sumter (by a civilian who later committed suicide) and the final lowering of the Confederate flag (by a ship's captain in Liverpool, England). It is about death on the battlefields and in prison cells, about women fighting to be recognized for their accomplishments, and how people on both sides managed to survive the deadliest war this nation has seen. These are the emotions, passions, and stories that go far beyond History 101.

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Award-winning television writer Wright wants to make the Civil War fun in the misguided belief that American history instruction needs more entertainment. The result is a patchwork of amusing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Geoff Sebesta - Goodreads

A smarmy miscellany that manages to hit some interesting corners. The chapters on prostitution and Quantrill's Raiders were interesting. Completely runs out of steam by the end. Which makes sense; it ... Read full review


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Mike Wright is the author of the "What They Didn't Teach You ..." books. In addition to the American Revolution, he has tackled the Civil War, World War II, & the Wild West. Future volumes will cover the sixties & the twentieth century. Wright, an Emmy-winning television writer, lives in Chicago.

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