Americans in the middle decades of the nineteenth century were a people with boundless energy capable of heroic deeds, monumental achievements, and tragic errors. In The Civil War Generation, his newest volume in The Representative Americans series, noted scholar Norman K. Risjord uses biographical sketches to create a composite portrait of the United States during and immediately after the Civil War.
Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades. He is the author of Jefferson's America, 1760-1815 and general editor of the American Profiles series.
Part 1 The Coming of War Chapter 2 Stephen A. Douglas: The Struggle to Prevent a (Needless?) War Chapter 3 Frederick Douglass: The Case for a Just War Chapter 4 Harriet Tubman: Moses to Her People Part 5 The Warriors Chapter 6 Stonewall Jackson: Christian Soldier Chapter 7 James Anderson: Infantryman in Blue Chapter 8 William Tecumseh Sherman: "War Is Hell" Part 9 Wartime Politics Chapter 10 William H. Seward: The Politician as Statesman Chapter 11 Judah P. Benjamin: Inside the Confederacy Chapter 12 Thaddeus Stevens: Avening Idealist Chapter 13 Robert Smalls: From Slavery to Congress Part 14 On the Perimeter of War Chapter 15 Clara Barton: The Medical War Chapter 16 Cornelius Vanderbilt: Capitalists at War Chapter 17 Crazy Horse: A Way of Life Gone Forever Chapter 18 John Wesley Powell and Clarence King: Charting the Virgin West