By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Making history come alive is important, and in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg battle there were many re-enactments this year. Here are some other ways to understand the issues about the Civil War.

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The Killer Angels, a 1975 book by Michael Shaara won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, writing in alternate chapters viewpoints of Confederate and Northern Generals about the Gettysburg battle. A more recent book, 1861, by Adam Goodheart has won great praise for depicting the start of the war at Fort Sumter.

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The film, “Lincoln”, which won an Academy Award, is a beautiful portrait of Lincoln’s battle in securing enough votes for freeing the slaves and a new movie, just released, “Copperheads”, draws a picture of mostly Democrats in small towns who wanted negotiation and did not support the war.

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These varied sources describe real aspects of the times, are highly recommended and make for summer enjoyment and learning.