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American History: The Civil War and Reconstruction: Books and Databases about the Civil War

Guide for Library Research on the Civil War and Post-Civil War Reconstruction

Books and Journals on the Civil War and Reconstruction

The Civil war is a subject on which much has been researched and written. It would be impossible to list every single important work on this conflict. This page instead highlights a few select works for students to get started with. If you are interested in finding more in our collection, take a look in CUNY+.

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Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution

Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution

Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution
by James McPherson
Stacks - E 457.2 .M4758 1991

The Atlas of the Civil War

The Atlas of the Civil War

The Atlas of the Civil War
Reference Index Area - G1201 .S5 A85 1994

Battle Cry of Freedom

Battle Cry of Freedom

Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era
by James McPherson
Stacks - E470 .M16 1989

What They Fought For

What They Fought For

What They Fought For 1861-1865
by James McPherson
Stacks - E 459 .M24 1994

A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln

A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln

A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln
by Eric Foner
Stacks - E415.7 .F66 1990

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Robert E. Lee A Biography 
by Emory Thomas
Stacks - E 467.1 .L4 T48 1995

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Free Soil Free Labor Free Men

Free Soil Free Labor Free Men

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: the Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War
by Eric Foner
Stacks - E436 .F6 1971

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

Memoirs and Selected Letters of U.S. Grant
by Ulysses S. Grant
Stacks - E 660 .G7562 1990

The Autobiographies

The Autobiographies

The Autobiographies
by Frederick Douglass
Stacks - E 449 .D749 1994b

The Civil War

The Civil War

The Civil War, A Narrative
by Shelby Foote
Stacks - E 468 .F7 1986

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For Cause and Comrades

For Cause and Comrades

For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War
by James McPherson
Stacks - E 492.3 .M38 1997

The Negro's Civil War

The Negro's Civil War

The Negro's Civil War; how American Negroes felt and acted during the war for the Union
by James McPherson
 Stacks - E540.N3 M25

Tried by War

Tried by War

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief 
by James McPherson
Stacks - E457.2 .M478 2008

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
by Eric Foner
Stacks - E457.2 .F66 2010

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 
by Eric Foner
 Stacks - E 668 .F66 1988

Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman

Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman

Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman
by William Tecumseh Sherman
Stacks - E 467.1 .S55 A3 1990