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By Ian Frederick Finseth

This anthology brings jointly a large choice of either famous and extra imprecise writing from and concerning the Civil conflict, besides supplementary appendices to facilitate its use in classes. the decisions comprise brief fiction, poetry, public addresses, diary entries, music lyrics, and essays from such figures as Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, and Louisa could Alcott, in addition to Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. supply. The writing not just comprises these without delay fascinated by the battle, but additionally these writing concerning the warfare in a while, to incorporate the viewpoint of historic reminiscence. This assortment makes an ideal addition to any path on Civil battle background or literature in addition to classes on well known reminiscence.

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The instantaneous transmission of messages around the world by means of electricity would probably at that day have been attributed to witchcraft or a league with the Devil. Immaterial circumstances had changed as greatly as material ones. We could not and ought not to be rigidly bound by the rules laid down under circumstances so different for emergencies so utterly unanticipated. The fathers themselves would have been the first to declare that their prerogatives were not irrevocable. They would surely have resisted secession could they have lived to see the shape it assumed.

He lived until September, 1861, when he succumbed to that insidious disease which always flatters its victims into the belief that they are growing better up to the close of life. A more honorable man never transacted business. In September, 1861, I was engaged in an employment which required all my attention elsewhere. During the eleven months that I lived in Galena prior to the first call for volunteers, I had been strictly attentive to my business, and had made but few acquaintances other than customers and people engaged in the same line with myself.

In the latter we might reckon such trends or patterns as the gradual divergence of Northern and Southern attitudes toward the family, and the intensifying literary, philosophical, and anthropological debate about what constituted a human being. indd 19 4/10/2006 2:03:13 PM 20 ORIGINS while these “causative factors” are certainly important, history is not the same thing as fate, and although the war can seem to have emerged inexorably and inevitably from its historical background, an irreducible contingency—of psychology, of accident and random chance, of unintended consequences—hovers around it.

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