Friday, April 17, 2015

Confederate "Heritage" Month 2015, April 17: Cilil War and Reconstruction graphic novel

David Neiwert on Facebook flagged this excerpt from a graphic novel to be published this year: Revisiting Lincoln's Assassination and the War After the Civil War TPM 04/15/2015.

The book is Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War by Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. It's due to be published May 5.

As the TPM title indicates, the excerpt deals with the death of Lincoln and the aftermath of the war, including Southern white resistance to Reconstruction democracy.

Here is one panel:

Kelman's website has a portion of the book available for online viewing.

Slate has also published a portion in General Lee’s Sword 04/09/2015.

For such a broad sweep of events as the Civil War and Reconstruction, the graphic novel format has its obvious limits in terms of space. But it has the advantage of being able to use extensive imagery to help tell a big story in a relatively smaller space.

And if this excerpt at TPM is a measure, Kelman and Fetter-Vorm seem to be doing a great job in the effort!

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