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Making Sense of the American Civil War

Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this Civil War sesquicentennial commemorative series uses works of historical fiction and interpretation, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies, and short stories to examine a broad range of perspectives in an exploration of the American Civil War.

Books in this Series

  • James McPherson, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
  • Edward L. Ayers, ed., America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries anthology
  • Geraldine Brooks, March

Available Facilitators

How to Book this Series

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