Civil War in 50 Objects

ISBN-10: 067001463X

ISBN-13: 9780670014637

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The American companion toA History of the World in 100 Objects: A fresh, visual perspective on the Civil WarFrom a soldier’s diary with the pencil still attached to John Brown’s pike, the Emancipation Proclamation, a Confederate Palmetto flag, and the leaves from Abraham Lincoln’s bier, here is a unique and surprisingly intimate look at the Civil War.Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox—the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives—Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female—and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.With an introduction from Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner and more than eighty photographs,The Civil War in 50 Objectsis the perfect companion for readers and history fans to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
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List price: $36.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 5/2/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Harold Holzer is one of the leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He is a prolific writer and lecturer. He has written, co-written and edited over 30 books including Abraham Lincoln, The Writer (2000), which was named to the Children's Literature Choice List and the Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, and Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (2004), which won a 2005 Lincoln Prize. He has also written over 425 popular magazine and scholarly journal articles and numerous pamphlets and monographs. He has won numerous awards including the Barondess Award of the Civil War Round Table of New York five times; the Award of Achievement from the Lincoln Group of New York three times; a 1988 George Washington Medal; the 2000 Newman Book Award; and the 2008 National Humanities Medal. He is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Eric Foner is a professor of American history at Columbia University.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Chains That Bind
Slave Shackles Intended for a Child, ca. 1800
The Human Face of Slavery
Daguerreotype of Caesar: A Slave, ca. 1850
Old Kentucky Home
Negro Life at the South, Painting by Eastman Johnson, 1859
For Sale to the Highest Bidder
The Slave Auction, Sculpture by John Rogers, 1859
Weapon of Last Resort
"John Brown" Pike, ca. 1857-1859
John Brown's Body
John Brown's Blessing, Painting by Thomas Satterwhite Noble, 1867
The Animal Himself
Right Hand of Abraham Lincoln, Cast by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1886, from 1860 Original by Leonard Wells Volk
Secession, New York Style
To the People of Louisiana, their Executive and Representatives Greeting, Broadside, January 29, 1861
Where the Civil War Began
South-Western Angle of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, S.C., April 15, 1861, Photographic Print by Alma A. Pelot
"Flagmania"
Flag, 1861
The Palmetto and the Snake
Confederate Palmetto Flag, 1861
To Arms!
A Great Rush to Join the 36th Regiment, New York Volunteers, Woodcut, ca. 1862
Uniform Courage
Zouave Uniform, ca. 1861-1863
Divided Loyalties
Letter from Howard Gushing Wright to His Mother, 1861
Blarney from Bull Run?
Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War, Painting by Louis Lang, 1862-1863
"Reuniting" a Shattered Family
The Lincoln Family in 1861, Painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter, ca. 1865
Distant Drums
Snare Drum, ca. 1860-1865
Thoughts of the Future-but Where?
Thoughts of the Future, Painting by Edwin White, 1861
There's Something in It
Half Model of the USS Monitor, 1862
Key to Confederate Victory?
Cipher Key, ca. 1861
Hidden Glory
An Episode of the War-the Cavalry Charge of Lt. Henry B. Hidden, Painting by Victor Nehlig, 1862
A Diarist in Action
Diary of William Rothert, 1861-1862
Tailor-Made Souvenirs of Battle
Military Buttons Mounted on Card, 1860-1864
An Early Call to Recruit Black Troops
Petition to Abraham Lincoln for Recruitment of Black Troops, 1862
If My Name Ever Goes into History, It Will Be for This Act
By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, 1863
A Dentist Drills Lincoln
Writing the Emancipation Proclamation, Etching by Adalbert Johann Volck, 1863
Frederick Douglass's Call to Arms
Men of Color, to Arms!
Broadside by Frederick Douglass, 1863
Suffered Severely and Behaved Well
Emily J. Semmes to Paul Jones Semmes, Letter, June 1, 1863
Emancipated by War
Arrival at Chickasaw Bayou of Jefferson Davis' Negroes from His Plantation on the Mississippi Below Vicksburg, Mississippi, Drawing by Frederick B. Schell, ca. 1863
Wallpaper News for Cave Dwellers
The Daily Citizen, Newsprint on Wallpaper, 1863
Wheel of Misfortune
Draft Wheel, ca. 1863
Charred Survivor of an Urban Riot
Bible Used at Colored Orphan Asylum, ca. 1863
Traveling Light
Footlocker with Belongings, 1860-1890
Learning to Read, Dixie Style
The First Dixie Reader, 1864
An Ovation-and a Banner-for Black Troops
Presentation Address of the Ladies of the City of New York to the Officers and Men of the Twentieth United States Colored Troops, 1864
A Modern Major General
Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822-1885), Painting by James Reid Lambdin, 1868
All's Fair
Entry Ticket for the New York Metropolitan Fair, 1864
The Faces of War
Photograph Album Presented to Major M. S. Euen by Co. C, P.P., 1860-1869
Strong Opinions
Entries from the Diary of George Templeton Strong, 1864
Prison Art
Point Lookout Sketches, Watercolor Drawings, 1864
Tribute from a Bad Man?
Colored Troops Before Richmond, Engraved Silver, 1864-1865
Political Dirty Tricks
The Miscegenation Ball, Lithograph, 1864
Lincoln's Worst Mistake?
Campaign Flag, 1864
Counting Votes, Lincoln's Way
Projection of November 1864 Election, Abraham Lincoln, 1864
Publish or Perish?
Prison Times, Newspaper, 1865
The Draft That Really Ended the War
Terms of Surrender, April 9, 1865, Ulysses S. Grant
Bloody Good Friday
Letter from Clara Harris to Mary, April 25, 1865
A Sprig from Lincoln's Bier
Framed Leaves from Abraham Lincoln's Bier, 1865
A Helping Hand for the Wounded Veteran
Autograph Letter from Joe W. Mersereau to William Oland Bourne, 1865
It Winds the Whole Thing Up
The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Manuscript, 1865
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
List of Objects
Index
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