The Civil War 150 exhibition planners recommend these titles for possible book group discussions. Books whose titles are linked may be found in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Please click on the title to begin the reserve process. Other books may be available through our interlibrary loan service.
Causes behind the Civil War:
Gallagher, Gary. The Union War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
Goodheart, Adam. 1861: The Civil War Awakening. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.
McPherson, James M. For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Simpson, Brooke D., Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Charles Sheehan-Dean, eds. The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It. New York: The Library of America, 2011.
Slavery, Abolition, and Race:
Andrews, William L. and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Slave Narratives. New York: The Library of America, 2000.
Ash, Stephen V. Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008.
Blight, David, ed. A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Books, 2007.
Blight, David. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2002.
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., ed. Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies. New York: The Library of America, 1994.
Holzer, Harold, Edna Greene Medford, and Frank J. Williams. The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (Conflicting Worlds). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006.
Horton, James Oliver, and Lois E. Horton. In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community and Protest among Northern Free Blacks, 1700–1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Horton, James Oliver, and Lois E. Horton. Slavery and the Making of America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Jacobs, Harriet A. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Edited by L. Maria Child. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Jones, Howard. Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.
Savage, Kirk. Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.
Women in the War and on the Home Front:
Blanton, DeAnne, and Lauren M. Cook. They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
Campbell, Edward D. C., Kym S. Rice, and Joan E. Cashin, eds. A Woman’s War: Southern Women, Civil War, and the Confederate Legacy. Richmond: University Press of Virginia, 1996.
Clinton, Catherine, and Nina Silber, eds. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Faust, Drew Gilpin. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Giesberg, Judith Ann. Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Massey, Mary Elizabeth. Women in the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.
Ropes, Hannah Anderson. Civil War Nurse: The Diary and Letters of Hannah Ropes. Edited by John R. Brumgardt. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1980.
Silber, Nina. Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
Bearss, Edwin C. Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2006.
Groom, Winston. Shiloh, 1862. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2012.
Hyslop, Stephen. Atlas of the Civil War: A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle. Edited by Neil Kagan. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2009.
Keegan, John. The American Civil War: A Military History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Kennedy, Frances H. The Civil War Battlefield Guide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
McFeely, Mary Drake and William S. McFeely, eds. Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters. New York: The Library of America, 1990.
Royster, Charles, ed. William Tecumseh Sherman: Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman. NewYork: The Library of America, 1990.
Woodworth, Steven E. Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1990.
Lincoln and His Legacy:
Boritt, Gabor S. The Lincoln Enigma: The Changing Faces of an American Icon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Carwardine, Richard. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Cox, Lawanda C. Fenlason. Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1994.
Donald, David Herbert, and Harold Holzer. Lincoln in the Times: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, as Originally Reported in the New York Times. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.
Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Fehrenbacher, Don E., ed. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, ed. New York: The Library of America, 1989.
Foner, Eric. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.
Franklin, John Hope. The Emancipation Proclamation. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1963.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
Guelzo, Allen C. Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.
Holzer, Harold, ed. The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now. New York: The Library of America, 2009.
Holzer, Harold, ed. Lincoln on War. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2011.
Klingaman, William K. Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation. New York: Viking, 2001.
Lehrman, Lewis. Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point: Getting Right with the Declaration of Independence. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2008.
McGovern, George S. Abraham Lincoln. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt & Co., 2009.
McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
McPherson, James M. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.
Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
Oates, Stephen B. With Malice toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
Simon, John Y., and Harold Holzer, eds. The Lincoln Forum: Rediscovering Abraham Lincoln. New York: Fordham University Press, 2002.
Swanson, James L. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.
White, Ronald. Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.
Williams, Frank J. Judging Lincoln. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.
Wills, Garry. Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Davis, Rodney O., and Wilson, Douglas L., eds. The Lincoln Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
Gallagher, Gary, Stephen D. Engle, Joseph T. Glatthar, and Robert K. Krick. The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War. Oxford: Osprey, 2003.
Gallman, Matthew J. The North Fights the Civil War: The Home Front. Chicago: I. R. Dee, 1994.
McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
McPherson, James M. This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Sears, Stephen W., ed. The Civil War: The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It. New York: The Library of America, 2012