Edward L. Ayers - The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Ayers draws on a wide range of fresh sources to chronicle the final years of the Civil War as they unfolded in the Great Valley between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, a region both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line. As he did in his Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies, Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond, concentrates on events as experienced by combatants and civilians. Reminding us that war is an urgent, immediate, and local event, Ayers shows how ordinary people coped with the cataclysmic events of the early 1860s, from the marauding calvary forces that left a wake of destruction through the Shenandoah Valley to the deliberate destruction of crops to the burning of entire towns. 

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780393292633
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 24th, 2017

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