The Civil War in 50 Objects

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The Civil War in 50 Objects

By Harold Holzer; New-York Historical Society; Eric Foner (Introduction by)

Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670014637, 380pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2013

The American companion to "A History of the World in 100 Objects" A fresh, visual perspective on the Civil War
From 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 Objects" is the perfect companion for readers and history fans to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

About the Author
Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, has more than forty books to his credit, including Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons and The President Is Shot!. He is a frequent guest on television, acted as a Content Consultant to the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, and serves as chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. He lives in New York City.

The New-York Historical Society is the oldest museum in New York City, and one of the country s preeminent cultural institutions.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of several books. In 2006 he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He lives in New York City.