11-9-11: A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War

November 9, 2011 at 10:15 am 1 comment

Especially here in the mid-Atlantic, we look at the American Civil War as a family fight – brother against brother, kinfolk split, longtime army comrades choosing sides that lined them up against each other in bloody battles.

Amanda Foreman has written a book that reminds us the parents were part of the fight, too, even if they claimed not to be.  As Lincoln noted at Gettysburg, it was only four-score-and-seven years since Great Britain had lost the colonies. Tens of thousands of British subjects volunteered to fight in the American Civil War – on both sides.  And as for the official position of the Queen’s government and her diplomats – it takes Foreman most of a thousand pages to tease that out.

Her new book is:  A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War.  She’ll be speaking in Baltimore at the Maryland Historical Society Thursday evening.


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  • 1. Marc Apter  |  November 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Amanda Foreman will speak at the Maryland Historical Society on Thursday November 10 at 6 pm. A reception and book signing will follow. Call 410-685-34750, email events@mdhs.org or go to http://www.mdhs.org/events to reserve a seat.


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