What This Cruel War Was Over
Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
By Chandra Manning
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307277329, 350pp.)
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
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In this unprecedented account, Chandra Manning uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers to take the reader inside the minds of Civil War soldiers-black and white, Northern and Southern-as they fought and marched across a divided country. With stunning poise and narrative verve, Manning explores how the Union and Confederate soldiers came to identify slavery as the central issue of the war and what that meant for a tumultuous nation. This is a brilliant and eye-opening debut and an invaluable addition to our understanding of the Civil War as it has never been rendered before.
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