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The Civil War confronted all Americans with the weightiest moral and political issues since the American Revolution. In diaries and journals they argued and agonized with themselves; in sermons and speeches, in poems and love letters, they revealed to one another their own interior war. As they sought with words to hold their experiences steady for a moment, they sometimes achieved the eloquence that may evoke extraordinary times. The 59 selections in this volume, written between 1860 and 1865, include such well-known writers as Frederick Douglass, Lincoln, Melville, and Whitman, as well as the lesser-known, whose experience of war is immediate, unfiltered by memory. It is a picture of America, a literature that crosses all social borders, an integrated portrait of the Civil War as a national experience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781881089315
ISBN-10: 1881089312
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 157mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Brandy Wine Press
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: Canada


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Author Biography - Donna Bodden

Eleanor M. Lang is Professor Emerita of English at Southern Connecticut State University. Donna Bodden is Professor Emerita at Southern Connecticut State University.