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.

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Fall 1989

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Copyright © 1989, University Press of Virginia.

This article first appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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