The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War is being marked in 2011. The following books will help your students understand the explosive conflict dubbed “the War Between the States.”
“Highly informative and entertaining . . . propels the reader light years beyond dull textbooks and Gone with the Wind.”—San Francisco Chronicle
With a tongue-in-cheek style How to Lose the Civil War chronicles the thrilling history of the many disastrous decisions made by both sides, and is chock full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the War Between the States.
From the pages of Howard Zinn’s compelling classic A People’s History of the United States, a detailed and gripping history of the American Civil War “from the bottom up.”
Civil War America: 1850-1870 by Paul Johnson
From the pages of Paul Johnson’s authoritative classic, A History of the American People, a compelling account of Americans great and small during their nation’s most desperate hour.
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
Combining magnificent historical research with a thrilling story, Manhunt describes the hour-by-hour details of the twelve days after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination when various factions within the United States government—and even some outside it—hunted for the President’s killer, John Wilkes Booth.
With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates
This classic definitive one-volume biography on the life of Abraham Lincoln masterfully follows Lincoln’s bitter struggle with poverty, his self-made success in business and law, his early disappointing political career, and his legendary leadership as president during one of America’s most tumultuous periods.
The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865 by Emory M. Thomas
“The Confederate Nation has yet to be superseded as the standard title on the subject. Emory Thomas has left an indelible mark on the historiography of the Confederacy.”—Journal of Southern History