Introduction by President Obama. Civil War-era Atlantic writings by Mark Twain, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and others. Contemporary essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jeffrey Goldberg. Richly illustrated with images from the National Portrait Gallery.
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