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1861 by Adam Goodheart
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Apr 29, 11

bookshelves: history-american
Read from April 22 to 28, 2011 — I own a copy

One of the most remarkable thing that Goodheart does in this book is show you how hearts and minds changed over the course of a relatively short period of time. The simple view of the war doesn't show how many Northerners were racist and anti-abolitionist and how many Southerners didn't want secession. We see Northern soldiers meeting Southern slaves for the first time and hearing their stories. He shows us people "on the ground" making hard decisions and being changed by them (and changing others by them). The story of how escaped slaves became "contrabands" through the quick thinking of General Butler is fascinating--it caused a flood of black men, women and children into Union strongholds. Their hard work and information about Confederate troops in turn changed some minds about their capabilities and humanity.

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