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Edited by Edward L. Ayers, America’s War is an anthology of Civil War writing originally published between 1852 and 2008. Co-published by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, America’s War was created in support of a national reading and discussion program for libraries called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”
The selections in America’s War include works of historical fiction and interpretation, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies, and short stories. Together, these readings provide a glimpse of the vast sweep and profound breadth of Americans’ war among and against themselves, adding crucial voices to our understanding of the war and its meaning.
American Library Association
Civil War, United States, emancipation, history
School of Arts and Sciences
American Studies | United States History
Ayers, Edward L., ed. America's War: Talking about the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011.