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Causes of the Civil War

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: April 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Americans who lived through the Civil War established four great interpretive traditions regarding the conflict. The Union Cause tradition framed the war as preeminently an effort to maintain a viable republic in the face of secessionist actions that threatened both …

Will Biographers Ever Get out of a Rut?

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: January 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Biographies of Civil War generals have appealed to generations of Americans. Famous commanders often attract readers who end up pursuing a lifelong interest in the conflict. J.E.B. Stuart played that role for me. As an 11-year-old, I was drawn to …

Why Doesn’t Grant Get the Love?: December 2009/January 2010

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: October 02, 2009 at 10:15 am
Ulysses S. Grant has occupied dramatically different positions in the American pantheon. His im­posing stature between the end of the Civil War and the early years of the 20th century cannot be disputed.

Masters of their Medium: October/November 2009

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: October 01, 2009 at 10:11 am
The Civil War era has attracted more than its share of gifted writers. Unexcelled political drama, compelling individuals in and out of uniform and storied battles provide rich material for anyone seeking to tell a gripping story.

Two Ways to Approach One War: August/September 2009

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: August 01, 2009 at 10:06 am
Two Civil Wars await anyone seeking to understand our transformative national trial.

Glory: Reflections on a Civil War Classic: June/July 2009

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: June 01, 2009 at 10:01 am
Nearly 20 years have passed since Glory, director Edward Zwick’s treatment of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, made its debut in December 1989.

Let the Chips Fall Where They Will: April/May 2009

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: April 01, 2009 at 9:55 am
Historians interested in the Confederacy navigate in perilous interpretive waters.

Go To Gettysburg!: February/March 2009

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: February 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm
Noted historian Gary W. Gallagher gives his perspective in the Civil War Times bi-monthly column Blue and Gray.
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