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Kelly, Jonathan, The World and I


This month's edition of Rediscovering the Civil War features a number of intriguing historical events that serve to illuminate the Civil War and its time period. Readers will find these stories interesting and engaging, and a great window into life in America during this crucial era.

Our personality profile for this issue shines light on a woman named Mary Sophia Hill, a nurse who devoted herself to caring for wounded and sick Confederate soldiers during the war. Though she was not a Southerner or even an American--she was born in Dublin, Ireland--she became a beloved figure for her dedication and compassion in the caring for the injured and the ill.

Another article highlights a dramatic tale of a slave trading ship's journey as recorded in a book by Erik Calonius entitled The Wanderer. The story describes a voyage made by the ship called the Wanderer in 1858. The ship's owners were bringing slaves from the Congo in Africa to the United States. This was illegal at the time because transporting slaves from Africa had been outlawed in 1820. The story goes on to explain how the Wanderer smuggled the slaves into the U.S. and how the illegal operation was ultimately discovered. Also included in the tale are details about the suffering and hardship of the slaves aboard the Wanderer, and how a number of them died due to the ship's harsh conditions. The incident served as a harbinger of the Civil War looming on the horizon.

The next article features a review of a book by Oxford University professor Richard Carwardine entitled Lincoln. This book, part of the British biography series Profiles in Power, provides a deep examination of President Abraham Lincoln. …

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