What This Cruel War Was Over

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 3, 2007 - History - 368 pages
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In this unprecedented account, Chandra Manning uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers to take the reader inside the minds of Civil War soldiers-black and white, Northern and Southern-as they fought and marched across a divided country. With stunning poise and narrative verve, Manning explores how the Union and Confederate soldiers came to identify slavery as the central issue of the war and what that meant for a tumultuous nation. This is a brilliant and eye-opening debut and an invaluable addition to our understanding of the Civil War as it has never been rendered before.

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User Review  - AdamRackis - LibraryThing

A wonderful read. Manning presents writings from the soldiers themselves in order to belie the common misconception that The Civil War was fought over anything other than slavery. While the soldiers ... Read full review

WHAT THIS CRUEL WAR WAS OVER: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War

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An examination of Civil War soldiers' attitudes on race and slavery.Manning (History, Georgetown Univ.) bases her study, originally her Ph.D. thesis at Harvard, on soldiers' letters home, regimental ... Read full review


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Chandra Manning graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1993 and received a M.Phil from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 1995. She took her Ph.D. at Harvard in 2002. She has lectured in history at Harvard and taught at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University.

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