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This fascinating compendium examines the legacy of the War Between the States.
At the Washington Post, the Civil War has held an enduring fascination for both readers and writers. Raging from 1861 to 1865, the War Between the States has left a lasting imprint on the United States’s collective psyche for 150 years. Civil War Stories: A 150th Anniversary Collection aggregates historical data with contemporary reflections, as journalists and historians put the bloody war into context:
A timeline of Lincoln’s candidacy—and what may have happened if he had lost the election
An ode to West Virginia, which abandoned Virginia rather than secede from the Union
The obstacles faced by emancipated slaves
Women in the federal workforce—and disguised as men on the battlefields
The modern anti-slavery crusade of Frederick Douglass’s great-great-great-grandson
Personal stories of tragedy and triumph still resonate today. From biographical histories to examinations of the war’s legacies, Civil War Stories: A 150th Anniversary Collection is a unique compilation of stories of when our nation was divided.