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1861 : the Civil War awakening / Adam Goodheart.

By: Goodheart, Adam.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011, ©2011Edition: 1st edition.Description: 481 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781400040155; 1400040159.Other title: Civil War awakening.Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes | United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865 | United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 973.7/11 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Prologue : a banner at daybreak : Charleston Harbor, December 1860 -- Wide awake : Boston, October 1860 -- The old gentlemen : Washington, January 1861 -- Forces of nature : central Ohio, February 1861 -- A shot in the dark : Charleston Harbor, April 1861 -- The volunteer : lower Manhattan, April 1861 -- Gateways to the west : Carson Valley, Nevada Territory, May 1861 -- The crossing : Washington, May 1861 -- Freedom's fortress : Hampton Roads, Virginia, May 1861 -- Independence Day : Washington, D.C., July 1861.
Summary: As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, historian Adam Goodheart presents an original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.--From publisher description.
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"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-456) and index.

Prologue : a banner at daybreak : Charleston Harbor, December 1860 -- Wide awake : Boston, October 1860 -- The old gentlemen : Washington, January 1861 -- Forces of nature : central Ohio, February 1861 -- A shot in the dark : Charleston Harbor, April 1861 -- The volunteer : lower Manhattan, April 1861 -- Gateways to the west : Carson Valley, Nevada Territory, May 1861 -- The crossing : Washington, May 1861 -- Freedom's fortress : Hampton Roads, Virginia, May 1861 -- Independence Day : Washington, D.C., July 1861.

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, historian Adam Goodheart presents an original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.--From publisher description.

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Library Journal Review

Goodheart delves into the origins of the Civil War with a series of fascinating character studies and deep dives into the culture of the time. Ably narrated by Jonathan Davis. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War has resulted in a plethora of books. What more can be written that hasn't already been treated in the 60,000-plus titles about the war? Two recent books--Doris Kearns Goodwin's study of Lincoln and his cabinet (Team of Rivals, CH, Oct'06, 44-1125) and Harold Holzer's examination of Lincoln's activities between the election and the inauguration (Lincoln President-Elect, CH, Mar'09, 46-4039)--show that there is much that can be done. Those authors do not discuss anything previously unknown, but present it differently. Goodheart (Washington College, Maryland) takes a similar approach. The author looks at the period between the secession of South Carolina in December 1860 to the early summer of 1861. He addresses what was going on in both of the capitals, but also pays attention to a number of figures and places that other books usually skip over. The book's strongest point is the introduction of many of the characters from the last three months of Buchanan's presidency and the first three months of Lincoln's time in office. Among those who spring out at readers are Jessie Benton Fremont and General Benjamin Butler. A good book for most audiences. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. I. Cohen emeritus, Illinois State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Adam Goodheart is a historian, journalist, and travel writer. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and he is a regular columnist for The New York Times' s acclaimed Civil War blog, Disunion . He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is the Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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