The Thin Light of Freedom: Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

The Thin Light of Freedom Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America Virginia s Great Valley prosperous in peace with a rich soil and an enslaved workforce invited destruction in war Voracious Union and Confederate armies ground up the valley consuming crops livest

  • Title: The Thin Light of Freedom: Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
  • Author: Edward L. Ayers
  • ISBN: 9780393292633
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Virginia s Great Valley, prosperous in peace with a rich soil and an enslaved workforce, invited destruction in war Voracious Union and Confederate armies ground up the valley, consuming crops, livestock, fences, and human life Pitched battles at Gettysburg, Lynchburg, and Cedar Creek punctuated a cycle of vicious attacks and reprisals in which armies burned whole townsVirginia s Great Valley, prosperous in peace with a rich soil and an enslaved workforce, invited destruction in war Voracious Union and Confederate armies ground up the valley, consuming crops, livestock, fences, and human life Pitched battles at Gettysburg, Lynchburg, and Cedar Creek punctuated a cycle of vicious attacks and reprisals in which armies burned whole towns for retribution.North of the Mason Dixon line, in the Pennsylvania portion of the valley, free black families sent husbands and sons to fight with the U.S Colored Troops In letters home, even as Lincoln commemorated the dead at Gettysburg, they spoke movingly of a war for emancipation As defeat and the end of slavery descended on Virginia, with the political drama of Reconstruction unfolding in Washington, the crowded classrooms of the Freedmen s Bureau schools spoke of a new society struggling to emerge Here is history at its best powerful, insightful, grounded in human detail.

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    1. Edward L. Ayers

      Edward Ayers is President Emeritus of the University of Richmond, where he now serves as Tucker Boatwright Professor of the Humanities Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited 10 books The Promise of the New South Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize In the Presence of Mine Enemies Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492 He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2013.A pioneer in digital history, Ayers created The Valley of the Shadow Two Communities in the American Civil War, a website that has attracted millions of users and won major prizes in the teaching of history He serves as co editor of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States at the University of Richmond s Digital Scholarship Lab and is a co host of BackStory with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast.Ayers has received a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, served as a Fulbright professor in the Netherlands, and been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    900 thoughts on “The Thin Light of Freedom: Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America”

    1. The real plus factor for this history of the valley from mid-war into Reconstruction is its access to a digital archive of letters, diaries and the like that allows Ayers to track and illustrate the attitudes of those in two representative counties, one Union and one Confederate. These make clear why the two sides could not understand each other and compromise--and why southern attitudes against African Americans were so virulently negative once these people tried to act in their own self intere [...]


    2. This book is an exceeding well documented look at two counties, separated by the border between the Union and the Confederacy during the civil war -- from the beginning of the war through reconstruction. There is a wealth of first hand and contemporary second hand detail here from letters, diaries, newspaper and government records. Amazing and eye opening. It shows that the very things that are still contested about this conflict today were moving targets even then. The wealth of detail about th [...]




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