By David Williams
The acclaimed sweeping historical past of a country at struggle with itself, advised the following for the 1st time through the folks who lived it.
Bottom-up historical past at its best possible, A People's background of the Civil conflict "does for the Civil conflict interval what Howard Zinn's A People's background of the us did for the examine of yankee background more often than not" (Library Journal). greatly praised upon its preliminary unencumber, it used to be defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yank Civil struggle even though the eyes of standard people—foot squaddies, slaves, ladies, prisoners of warfare, draft resisters, local american citizens, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative strikes past presidents and generals to inform a brand new and robust tale approximately America's so much harmful conflict.
A People's background of the Civil battle is "readable social historical past" which "sheds interesting gentle" (Publishers Weekly) in this the most important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yank background. 40 b/w pictures.
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