The Civil War in 50 Objects

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, a leading authority on Lincoln and the Civil War, is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. Widely honored for his work, Holzer earned a second-place Lincoln Prize for "Lincoln at Cooper Union "in 2005 and in 2008 was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Holzer is Senior Vice President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and lives in Rye, New York.

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 the preeminent historian of his generation, highly respected by historians of every stripe whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations: the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.