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This acclaimed narrative history (based on the PBS television series) is now available in a complete text-only edition that interweaves the authors' narrative with the voices of the participants, from politicians and officers to soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war. This edition also includes essays by Don E. Fehrenbacher on the war's origins, Barbara J. Fields on the freeing of the slaves, Shelby Foote on the war's soldiers and commanders, James M. McPherson on the political dimensions of the struggle, and C. Vann Woodward assessing the America that emerged from the war's ashes.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Crossroads of Our Being
1. 1861 A House Divided
"Why the War Came" by Don E. Fehrenbacher
2. 1862 Forever Free
"Who Freed the Slaves?" by Barbara J. Fields
3. 1863 The Universe of Battle
Men at War: An Interview with Shelby Foote
4. 1864 Most Hallowed Ground
"War and Politics" by James M. McPherson
5. 1865 The Better Angels of Our Nature
"What the War Made Us" by C. Vann Woodward