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101 Things You Didn't Know about the Civil War

Get the lowdown on America’s Bloodiest War—the Civil War—with this essential guide to 101 interesting and unexpected facts about this defining event in US history.

Do you know which state first seceded from the Union? What about the individual who could be considered the Mata Hari of the Civil War? Or how about which Bible passage Southerners used to justify slavery? You’ll find answers to these questions and many, many more in 101 Things You Didn’t Know about the Civil War. Packed with fascinating details about the people, places, and events that defined our nation’s most contentious conflict, this tell-all guide reveals the inside scoop on slavery and its impact on the war; great—and not-so-great—leaders and generals; battles fought and lost—and fought again; some of the most shocking horrors of the war; women, children, and African Americans in the war. Complete with a helpful timeline, 101 Things You Didn’t Know about the Civil War is your go-to guide...
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Patrice Hannon
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Patrice Hannon

Patrice Hannon holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and has taught English literature full-time at Rutgers, Vassar College, and Stockton University. She is the author of 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen, winner of the Jane Austen’s Regency World Award, presented by the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. She is also the author of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love and Black Tom: A Novel of Sabotage in New York Harbor. She lives in New York City. To learn more about Patrice’s books and to contact her, please visit her website, PatriceHannon.com.

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Cynthia Phillips

Cynthia Phillips, PhD, is a scientist at the SETI Institute and works at the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. She received her BA in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics at Harvard University and her PhD in planetary science with a minor in geosciences from the University of Arizona. She has written for a number of technical publications in her field, including Science, Nature, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Icarus. She has also written articles on a more general level for newsletters at the University of Arizona and at the SETI Institute, and she’s prepared many official NASA press releases. She has taught astronomy to students from junior high to college and has given public lectures to general audiences. She is the coauthor of 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Einstein.

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Shana Priwer

Shana Priwer has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in architecture with minors in math and art history. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University and currently works with a software company in San Francisco. As a technical writer, she has collaborated with Cynthia Phillips on a variety of projects. She is the coauthor of 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Einstein.

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Erik Sass

Erik Sass holds a BA in history from Duke University and an MA in journalism from NYU. Since 2011 he has written a blog covering the causes of the First World War, as well as the events of the war itself, to commemorate the centennial of the conflict. He is also the author of The Mental Floss History of the United States and coauthor of The Mental Floss History of the World. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his husband and daughter.

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Thomas Turner

Thomas Turner, PhD, is a professor of history at Bridgewater State College, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

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