Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The American Civil War

The American Civil War began 150 years ago this April. A war fought to preserve the Union, and arguably to abolish slavery, the Civil War cost more American lives than any other American war fought, and featured figures whose contributions and actions would never be forgotten.

President Abraham Lincoln is one such figure and there are many interesting and insightful books about his life and presidency.

Union Army general Ulysses S. Grant, who would later become president, provided Union troups with the tough leadership necessary to claim victory in many important battles. We have a few cool biographies worth checking out.

The backbone of Confederate resistance, General Robert E. Lee was noted for his superb military tactics. Often outnumbered, he nonetheless gave the Union army fits with his cunning manuevers and military genius. If you'd like to know more about Lee, we have some books about him.

The period of the Civil War also featured many outspoken critics of slavery whose efforts helped lead to its abolishment, as well as helped spark the discord between the Northern and Southern states. Frederick Douglass was one such figure, and perhaps the single most important figure in the Abolitionist Movement. Read more books about him here. And read more books about abolition here.

If you want to read about the Civil War in general, we've got you covered!

Or perhaps you'd prefer to read a fictional story that takes place during the Civil War.

If you care to browse the web for some information, the History Channel contains videos, pictures, and analysis for your perusal!

Wherever your interest may lie, this is a fascinating period of Amercan History and well worth reading about!