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Particular attention is paid to social history; coverage of the experience of African Americans, women, and non-elites provides a well-rounded picture of the period.

Substantial selections, careful editing, and helpful annotations make this collection an ideal supplement for your course on the Civil War and Reconstruction. Read more Read less. Product details Paperback: pages Publisher: W. About the Author William E. Gienapp is professor of history at Harvard University. He is the author of The Origins of the Republican Party, No customer reviews.

How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This was a very important book for Civil War scholars to have in the time before the digitization of historical documents became widespread.

It may not be as important today, but it is still an extremely handy collection of primary source documents that cover the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. What makes it so useful today is that instructors can use the collection to select documents as well as have the book for a reference for students who may not have access to the Internet. The use of primary sources is very important as they provide the information needed for historians to develop interpretations from.

William Gienapp was a professor of history at Harvard. He passed away in at the far too young age of Considered to be an extremely gifted historian of the 19th century, Gienapp wrote several books about historical events in that century.

This collection of primary sources was a work he undertook that grew from his teaching methods. I decided to pick up the book even though I had read most of the documents because I wanted to be able to access the documents at any time. Another thing I like about the book is that it shows how Gienapp selected documents for inclusion. He chose the relevant ones that students should be familiar with. There are millions of documents available from the eras, but he winnowed them down to the ones he included in the book in order to present a balanced collection of facts to the students without leaving out important information.

The documents begin prior to the war and cover the issue that led to secession. Moving into the conflict, the documents cover the war on multiple issues which reflects the way this conflict became a modern total war.

Following the war documents cover reconstruction. An appendix containing the US and Confederate Constitutions is included. I like this inclusion of those two documents because a lot of misinformation gets put out about them.

That is the value of having primary sources available. From there exploring the context behind those documents leads students to discover more about that time period which helps them understand the past far better than just being told something that they take for granted. Understanding why the people of the past did what they did is the key to historical understanding.

For that reason, I give this book four stars. I would have given five when it was released, but the Internet age allows for the easy access of these documents. Of course, knowing what they mean has not changed at all. This is not a book you will read from cover to cover. You will select from it as if you were at a desert buffet were many wonderful items you did not know what to settle on first.

So you dig in on at a time, jumping from one end of the table to the other, with each selection better than the other. When you finish you do not know, which was best, they are all interesting.. There are letters from soldiers at the front, some from their wives, newspapers advocating the Confederate point of view and others with the Yankees opinion. There are letters from the cultured officer and from the little schooled private plus recollections from former slaves. At the end, you will be better satisfied with your understanding of the war.

It is a book I will treasure. Reading this book for a class on the Civil War. This book is great because it has real articles written by people with opposite views from through with one article from I've only read articles from the "The North and South Contrasted" section but I'm looking forward to reading all the other articles. What a great resource! I took a three week summer class that was super intensive but having a book with all primary sources and clear organization was a wonderful asset for my class.

I'm actually taking more classes next semester that follow along the lines of this book, so I look forward to using it again. Highly recommend if you are taking a Civil War and Reconstruction class or if you are just a history nerd like me and like learning based on primary documents versus other sources that may have bias or an agenda that dilutes the learning experience.

Extremely important documents from the Civil War and Reconstruction, including a fascinating "open letter" by planters desperate to convince poor white men to join the rebel army and fight for the South and slavery.

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William Gienapp

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Civil War and Reconstruction

William E. Gienapp February 27, — October 29, was an American historian , noted for his writing on the period of the American Civil War. His widely-acclaimed and prize-winning The Origins of the Republican Party, , which was based on a massive volume of original research and dramatically revised traditional understanding of the political party's origins, is still considered one of the most important books ever written on 19th-century American politics and the coming of the Civil War. Later he wrote Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America: A Biography , which was deemed by numerous leaders in the field to be the best brief biography of Lincoln ever written. He also co-authored one of the best-selling United States history textbooks of the last generation, Nation of Nations, and compiled one of the most widely-used documentary readers on the era of the Civil War, The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection It painstakingly restored one of the most important primary sources of Abraham Lincoln's administration to its complete, original form. During his long tenure at Harvard University, Gienapp acquired a reputation as a beloved teacher and devoted mentor of graduate students.


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