America's War

Published under the dual auspices of the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this Civil War anthology [has] about 30 writings …  Editor Ayers, a reputable scholar in Civil War studies, categorizes his selections into several topics for participants to debate: reaction to the secession crisis of 1860-61; the experience of war as exemplified by the 1862 Battle of Shiloh; and the end of slavery. Ayers aptly chooses to illustrate political polarization, including Henry David Thoreau's apologia for John Brown as well as speakers for and against Virginia's secession. For Shiloh, he picks a mixture of memoir (Ulysses Grant) and fiction (Shelby Foote and Bobbie Ann Mason). And to illustrate the emergence of emancipation as a Northern war aim, Ayers embeds Lincoln texts among excerpts that concern the enlistment of black troops…” -- Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2010 Booklist

Edward Ayers
Discussion Materials: 

The Civil War and Emancipation 150 Years On by Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond:

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War:

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