Review: I Use to Know That: Civil War – Fred DuBose

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Readers Digest (April 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606522442
ISBN-13: 978-1606522448
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The Civil War was one of the worst periods in American History. How many of us though, truly remember all the information we learned about it in school. In Fred DuBose’s entry in the The Blackboard Books series from Reader’s Digest he fills us in on all that we missed. He covers everything from the major players such as Lincoln, Grant, Lee, and Davis to some of the abolitions, many of whom I’d never heard.

He covers the major battles, causes, the mood of the people going into it, and some of the struggles to prevent it. I always knew that it was an atrocious point towards Blacks in America, but I found out things that I really didn’t know. For instance, even though a state was a free state, a free black could be kidnapped and taken down south to be sold.

A big section is also spent on post war attitudes and focuses on things like the birth of the KKK, and the Lincoln Assassination.

If you have an interest in the civil war, or just want to understand things better, then I’d say you should definitely pick up this book. With all the books out there, this Blackboard Book series is one of my favorites because it does supply so much information to the reader in a small size.

About the Author

Fred DuBose, a native Texan, is a writer, editor, and book developer based in New York City. He is the author of an eclectic collection of books with subjects as varied as tomatoes, grandparents, cooking, and wine. Fred DuBose is the author of Oh, Say Did You Know?.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Ruby at FSB Associates for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

One Response to “Review: I Use to Know That: Civil War – Fred DuBose”

  1. Man of la Book Says:

    Sounds like a fascinating book. I used to have a Civil War period where I read any book on the era I could get my hands on.