The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War by James "Bud" Robertson. Edited by Neil Kagan. James Robertson, whose weekly talks about little-known people and events of the Civil War aired for 15 years on National Public Radio, brings history to life here in a collection of true stories revealing the human struggles and personal dramas that took place as great events unfolded. He tells us, for example, how 11-year-old Grace Bedell changed the face of history by urging President-elect Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard and how the pious and abstemious
By Terryl W. Elliott. Detailed here are the origin and nature of the Rebel Yell, a piece of history largely lost to time. The text offers a substantial theory of the derivation of the yell, analyzes its variations, and assesses the few documented descriptions and recorded versions in their historical context. The book includes stories and poems featuring the yell and concludes with a list of references. 160 pages. Paperback. Item # 20396
Meticulously researched, this book documents the real stories of white and black activists who risked their lives in a concerted effort to help thousands of brave fugitive slaves race from bondage to claim their freedom. By R.C. Smedley. Paperback, 407 pages.
Celebrated for her courageous exploits as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman has entered history as one of nineteenth-century America's most enduring and important figures. But just who was this remarkable woman? By Catherine Clinton. Paperback, 272 pages.
An African-American woman's Civil War memoir. Near the end of her classic wartime account, Susie King Taylor writes, "there are many people who do not know what some of the colored women did during the war." For her own part, Taylor spent four years--without pay or formal training--nursing sick and wounded members of a black regiment of Union soldiers. Taylor tells of being born into slavery and of learning, in secret, to read and write. She describes maturing under her wartime responsibilities and travelling with the troops in South Carolina, Georgia,
From Victory to Collapse.Author Joseph Glatthaar draws on a range of sources - from letters & diaries, to war records, to a definitive data base of statistics -to rewrite the history of the Civil War's most important army. 600 pages
How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery. Written by Anne Farrow , Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank. The Norths profit from indeed, dependence on slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the region of America known for tolerance and liberation, revealing a place where thousands of people were held in bondage and slavery was both an economic dynamo and a necessary way of life.
Who Was Harriet Tubman?, by Yona Zeldis McDonough. Illustrated by Nancy Harrison. Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do. (106 pages, 7.5 x 5.5, Paperback)
The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities, by Mary Kay Carson. Beginning with a time line that traces the history of slavery in America, this thorough overview includes a narrative history, many quotes from primary sources, archival drawings and photographs, and 21 related projects. Brief biographies are provided for famous conductors such as Harriet Tubman, and the many stationmasters, brakemen, and courageous African-American and white individuals who served as guides. (164 pages, 8.5 x 11, Paperback)