Review of the book, The Heart of American History by James McPherson. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1989.
The era of the Civil War and Reconstruction remains the crucible of American history, the trial that decisively defined this country and its self-perceived mission. The American people seem to recognize that fact, for no era in our history attracts the general reading public as does that between 1861 and 1877.
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Ayers, Edward L. Review of The Heart of American History by James McPherson. Virginia Quarterly Review 65, no. 4 (1989): 735-742.