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September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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Newspapers of the Civil War era are a fountain of information on the material aspects of life and political disputes. During the era there was no unbiased reporting of political news; there was lots of speculation. "Newspapers bring us closer to people and allow us to be there when they make their history" remarks Dennis Frye in his introduction to September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril. During the first week of September of 1862 no one knew the outcome of the Confederate invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania, the fall elections, and the revelation of an emancipation proclamation.
Frye relies heavily on southern and northern newspapers and diaries but not those written after the autumn of 1862. Such reliance provides an immediacy which is usually not offered in most Civil War books. Over 35 newspapers were consulted. Frye's narrative is sharp and concise. His pacing of the chapters creates an undercurrent of a 'you are there' suspense. This is reminiscent of of John Michael Priest's use of only diaries and letters of privates, corporals, sergeants, captains and lieutenants in Antietam: A Soldier's Battle and Before Antietam: The Battle of South Mountain.
In September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril readers wrestle with American abolitionists and slaveholders, British politicians and American bankers, retail merchants and marauding soldiers, presidents and their cabinets, war governors and army generals, men and women on the street and soldiers in the ranks. There is a suspense in Frye's work that moves readers forward through these American lives.Read more ›
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While there is no new information presented in this book, Frye's concept to reframe the presentation of well documented facts via the popular media of the times - newspapers - adds... Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by WhiteCatWriting