Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction

Paperback | April 26, 2012

byAllen C. Guelzo

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The Civil War is the greatest trauma ever experienced by the American nation, a four-year paroxysm of violence that left in its wake more than 600,000 dead, more than 2 million refugees, and the destruction (in modern dollars) of more than $700 billion in property. The war also sparked some ofthe most heroic moments in American history and enshrined a galaxy of American heroes. Above all, it permanently ended the practice of slavery and proved, in an age of resurgent monarchies, that a liberal democracy could survive the most frightful of challenges.In Fateful Lightning, two-time Lincoln Prize-winning historian Allen C. Guelzo offers a marvelous portrait of the Civil War and its era, covering not only the major figures and epic battles, but also politics, religion, gender, race, diplomacy, and technology. And unlike other surveys of the CivilWar era, it extends the reader's vista to include the postwar Reconstruction period and discusses the modern-day legacy of the Civil War in American literature and popular culture. Guelzo also puts the conflict in a global perspective, underscoring Americans' acute sense of the vulnerability oftheir republic in a world of monarchies. He examines the strategy, the tactics, and especially the logistics of the Civil War and brings the most recent historical thinking to bear on emancipation, the presidency and the war powers, the blockade and international law, and the role of intellectuals,North and South. Written by a leading authority on our nation's most searing crisis, Fateful Lightning offers a vivid and original account of an event whose echoes continue with Americans to this day.

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The Civil War is the greatest trauma ever experienced by the American nation, a four-year paroxysm of violence that left in its wake more than 600,000 dead, more than 2 million refugees, and the destruction (in modern dollars) of more than $700 billion in property. The war also sparked some ofthe most heroic moments in American history...

Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, both of which won the Lincoln Prize. His most recent books on Lincoln and the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. A Nation Announcing Itself2. The Disillusion of Compromise3. From Debate to Civil War4. To War Upon Slavery: The East and Emancipation, 1861-18625. Elusive Victories: East and West, 1862-18636. The Soldier's Tale7. The Manufacture of War8. Year That Trembled: East and West, 18639. World Turned Upside Down10. Stalemate and Triumph11. A Dim Shore AheadEpilogueIndex