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The thin light of freedom : the Civil War and emancipation in the heart of America / Edward L. Ayers.

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  • 5 of 9 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola 973.73 AYE (Text) 33118000181675 Adult: New Book Available -
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Mooresville PL - Mooresville 973.73 AYE (Text) 37323005322345 NEW-BKS Checked out 11/13/2017
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library 973.73 AYE (Text) 78551000533603 Non-Fiction Checked out 11/20/2017
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Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 973.7 AYE (Text) 70741000147092 Adult Non Fiction Checked out 12/06/2017
Washington Carnegie PL - Main 973.73 AYE (Text) 21401000500905 Adult New Release Checked out 11/25/2017

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  • ISBN: 9780393292633
  • ISBN: 0393292630
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 576 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 507-552) and index.
Summary, etc.: At the crux of America’s history stand two astounding events: the immediate and complete destruction of the most powerful system of slavery in the modern world, followed by a political reconstruction in which new constitutions established the fundamental rights of citizens for formerly enslaved people. Few people living in 1860 would have dared imagine either event, and yet, in retrospect, both seem to have been inevitable. In a beautifully crafted narrative, Edward L. Ayers restores the drama of the unexpected to the history of the Civil War. He does this by setting up at ground level in the Great Valley counties of Augusta, Virginia, and Franklin, Pennsylvania, communities that shared a prosperous landscape but were divided by the Mason-Dixon Line. From the same vantage point occupied by his unforgettable characters, Ayers captures the strategic savvy of Lee and his local lieutenants, and the clear vision of equal rights animating black troops from Pennsylvania. We see the war itself become a scourge to the Valley, its pitched battles punctuating a cycle of vicious attack and reprisal in which armies burned whole towns for retribution. In the weeks and months after emancipation, from the streets of Staunton, Virginia, we see black and white residents testing the limits of freedom as political leaders negotiate the terms of readmission to the Union. Ayers deftly shows throughout how the dynamics of political opposition drove these momentous events, transforming once unimaginable outcomes into fact. With analysis as powerful as its narrative, here is a landmark history of the Civil War.
Subject: United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Franklin (Venango County, Pa.) > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Augusta County (Va.) > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Slaves > Emancipation > United States.

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