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As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, historian Adam Goodheart presents an original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.--From publisher description.

About the Author

Adam Goodheart is a historian, journalist, and travel writer. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and he is a regular columnist for The New York Times’s acclaimed Civil War blog, Disunion. He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is the Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of Washington College’s C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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Table of Contents

A banner at daybreak: Charleston Harbor, December 1860 — Wide awake: Boston, October 1860 — The old gentlemen: Washington, January 1861 — Forces of nature: central Ohio, February 1861 — A shot in the dark: Charleston Harbor, April 1861 — The volunteer: lower Manhattan, April 1861 — Gateways to the west: lower Carson River, Nevada Territory, May 1861 — The crossing: Washington, May 1861 — Freedom's fortress: Hampton Roads, Virginia, May 1861 — Independence Day: Washington, July 1861.

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The Civil War Awakening
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Goodheart, Adam
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