A Patriotic Pick: November 2023

  • November 10, 2023

Enjoy this Grateful American™ reading recommendation!

A Patriotic Pick: November 2023

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Grateful American™ Book Prize judge Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College:

  • “This Infernal War”: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard, edited by Timothy Mason Roberts (Kent State University Press). “One of the most persistent falsehoods in history is that during a time of war, women have always been spectators. Nothing could be farther from the truth,” says Carmichael. “In [this book], one finds a remarkable set of letters between an Illinois couple. Both were Democrats, both thought Lincoln was a tyrant, and both opposed emancipation, but William had no option but to enlist because of the draft. From the day he left, Jane never stopped reminding him that he was sacrificing his family to fight for a questionable cause…[This exceptional book] reminds us that couples endured suffering and separation not in isolation, but together, as they tried to survive the maelstrom of war.”

Each year, the Grateful American™ Foundation, through its Book Prize, honors excellence in children’s historical nonfiction and fiction focused on the people and events that have shaped the U.S. since its birth. Learn more about the prize here.

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