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The Great Task Remaining: The Third Year of Lincoln's War

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Publisher Comments:

The Great Task Remaining is a striking, often poignant portrait of people balancing their own values—rather than ours—to determine whether the horrors attending Mr. Lincolns war were worth bearing in order to achieve his ultimate goals. 

As 1863 unfolds, we see the disaster at Chancellorsville, the battle of Gettysburg, and the end of the siege of Vicksburg. Then, astonishingly, the Confederacy springs vigorously back to life after the Union triumphs of the summer, setting the stage for Lincolns now famous speech on the Pennsylvania battlefield. Without abandoning the underlying sympathy for Lincoln, Marvel makes a convincing argument for the Gettysburg Address as being less of a paean to liberty than an appeal to stay the course in the face of rampant antiwar sentiment. 

The Great Task Remaining offers a provocative history of a dramatic year—a year that saw victory and defeat, doubt and riot—as well as a compelling story of a people who clung to the promise of a much-longed-for end.

Synopsis:

A critical examination of the third year of Lincoln's administration, challenging popular explanations for the origin of the conflict and uncovering a greater breadth of corruption and cynical exploitation than has been previously acknowledged.

About the Author

WILLIAM MARVELs many acclaimed books on the Civil War include The Great Task Remaining, Lincoln's Darkest Year, Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, and Andersonville. He has won a Lincoln Prize, the Douglas Southall Freeman Award, and the Bell Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547487144
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Author:
Marvel, William
Subject:
History : United States - Civil War
Publication Date:
June 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
464

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History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War

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A critical examination of the third year of Lincoln's administration, challenging popular explanations for the origin of the conflict and uncovering a greater breadth of corruption and cynical exploitation than has been previously acknowledged.
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