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The War That Forged a Nation
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson looks anew at the reasons America's civil war has remained a subject of intense interest for the past century and a half. Learn more
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"This is a coherent, lively, and important study."

(American Historical Review)

"While these essays reach differing perspectives in the Civil War’s continuity/change debate, all are grounded in primary sources, each poses intriguing questions, and their collective chronological, geographic, and topical scope provides valuable insight into the diverse ways Virginians experienced the Civil War era."

(Civil War History)

"This book deserves a wide readership. Each essay, without exception, contributes significantly to our understanding of the socio-cultural experiences of Virginians in the Civil War."

(Studies in American Culture)

"Crucible of the Civil War presents a fine collection of essays by a talented group of young historians. Brimming with insights about social, economic, and religious life in Virginia, this book is a valuable addition to a growing body of work that carries the study of the Civil War far beyond the battlefields."

(George C. Rable, University of Alabama, author of the Lincoln Prize–winning Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!)

About the Author

Edward L. Ayers, former Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, is President of the University of Richmond. Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. Andrew J. Torget is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond and a historian of nineteenth-century America.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; 1st edition (September 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813925525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813925523
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,546,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rw24 on April 30, 2014
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i'm a Civil War literature buff... i'd wanted to read this book for years & finally broke down and did so. unfortunately, it wasn't quite the "epic" i'd heard it to be (IMHO). to be certain, it's chuck-full-'o great, well researched & informed writing but i could've done without all the vacillating back & forth between so many topics of varying degrees. more than a few of the chapters were pretty boring actually & left me feeling a little awash in opinions with few conclusions. having read volumes of offerings re: America's Civil War though, this one doesn't "stink" by any means either. would i recommend it? absolutely. the title of the book is a bit misleading to me given the genesis of the war itself but i'm no "expert" as most of the contributors apparently are. you won't be disappointed probably but if you're looking for an "end all/ be all" reference, this ain't it. if you're an Old Dominion resident or hail from VA, it's a MUST READ (as far as i'm concerned) to ascertain a broad, historical context of your state's important (and oft-times understated) history.
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