The American Civil War
An Anthology of Essential WritingsBook - 2006
& Francis Publishing
This anthology brings together a wide variety of both well-known and more obscure writing from and about the Civil War, along with supplementary appendices to facilitate its use in courses.
The selections include short fiction, poetry, public addresses, diary entries, song lyrics, and essays from such figures as Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, and Louisa May Alcott, as well as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant. The writing not only includes those directly involved in the war, but also those writing about the war afterward, to include the perspective of historical memory.
This collection makes a perfect addition to any course on Civil War history or literature as well as courses on popular memory.
Finseth (English, U. of Michigan-Dearborn) has gathered newspaper articles, excerpts from books, letters, songs, poems, and other literature producing during the US Civil War, 1860-64 and the decades after. His goal is to illustrate the war's influence on the literary imagination and cultural politics of 19th-century America. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)