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The Civil War and Current American Domestic Issues

By Andy | August 17, 2017

We always must know our past to understand our present. With the Charlottesville, Virginia disturbances on Saturday August 12th, we find our past American history collide with the present events and issues in our communities. To gain additional perspectives, from the New York Times read the following commentary by Thomas L. Friedman and Ross Douthat, and listen to Ken Burns’ National Endowment for the Humanities speech on these issues as well.  Also, call your local public library to borrow “The Civil War” 6 part series by Ken Burns. Remember to check for audio described accessibility, so the visual background will be described on a separate audio track in The Civil War copies you receive. Finally, read some related digital books from the Talking Books Plus Collection. Call us at 401-574-9310 to order your books or email us at

DB61162 “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin – available in digital cartridge and downloadable

DB74156 “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries” by Edward L. Ayers – available in digital cartridge and downloadable

DB80035 “Just  Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson – available in digital cartridge and downloadable

DB74560 “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” -by Michelle Alexander – available in digital cartridge and downloadable

DB76329 “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great” by Ben Carson- available in digital cartridge and downloadable








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