Discovering the Civil War - Softcover
We are currently out of stock on this item. Please check back later.Discovering the Civil War peels back 150 years of accumulated analysis, interpretation, and opinion to reveal a Civil War that is little-known. Featuring over 250 letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, receipts, patents, amendments and proclamations from the incomparable holdings of the National Archives, it takes a fresh look at the Civil War through little-known stories, seldom-seen documents, and unusual perspectives. Grouped into themes such as "Spies and Conspiracies," "Prisoners and Casualties," "Global War," and "Raising Armies," this new book looks beyond the battlefield to the experiences of ordinary people. Famous documents, such as the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, are juxtaposed with innovative wartime patents, including a multipurpose device that could serve as a tent, knapsack, or blanket, and a message in Chinese script asking for Confederate ships to be barred from Chinese ports - proving that the Civil War became a truly international struggle.
A generously illustrated book commemorating the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. Foreword by leading documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, creator of the award-winning film The Civil War. Accompanies a major exhibition showing at the National Archives Building, Washington, DC,
through April 2011, before beginning a multi-city national tour in 2011.
208 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-0-9841033-2-4