Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reading About the Civil War

In looking for some books to recommend to my class at Collin College, I came across several listings of award winning publications.

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
Gettysburg College offers two sources for readers of Civil War literature.  The Civil War Institute presents the Michael Shaara award for fiction writing.  The list of past winners can be found at Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.  Gettysburg also awards the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.   The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize is awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to their era. 

Corinth Contraband Camp
Another source is the Pulitzer Prize list of past award winners in biography or autobiography.   Readers should also check on past winners in the history category.  The list of history Pulitzers includes: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner in 2011, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn in 2004, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely in 1992, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson in 1989, and Mary Chestnut's Civil War edited by C. Vann Woodward in 1982.

Goodreads has compiled a list of Best Civil War Books. This list includes books set during the Civil War.  Another good source for titles is the blog Civil War Books and Authors.

So click on the links and start reading.  

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