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A Novel of the War Between the States
(Theirs Be the Guilt)
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This ambitious Civil War novel centers on the moral dimension of the conflict as it traces a young Mississippi boy's conversion from pro-slavery Southerner to abolitionist Union soldier.

Allan Montague, born on a Mississippi plantation about twenty years before the Civil War, has grown up with slavery and considers it natural. When his father moves to Boston for business and takes the boy with him, young Allan carries a knife given to him by his cousin to use in killing abolitionists.

The first abolitionist young Allan meets in Boston is Levi Coffin, the reputed founder of the Underground Railroad. In this first of many meetings with historical figures, Allan forms a friendship with Coffin, who eventually takes him to hear a speech by former slave Frederick Douglass. Douglass's powerful words cement Allan's transformation into an abolitionist--a transformation that will lead him back to his Deep South home with the hope of freeing slaves and eventually back to the North and the fateful Battle of Manassas.

Kent Gramm, author of the introduction for this new edition of Manassas, calls the novel "a modern version of the morality play," with the United States as the central character. "The real story," he writes, "is the moral phenomenon of the Civil War." It is a powerful book that deserves to be revived, read, and studied.



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Hardback Editions

June 1969 : USA Hardback
Title: Manassas: A Novel of the War
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN: 0403000602 / 9780403000609 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholarly Pr
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February 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Manassas: A Novel of the War
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN: 0735105782 / 9780735105782 (USA edition)
Publisher: Replica Books
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June 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Manassas: Revised As Theirs Be the Guilt (The Collected Works of Upton Sinclair Series Classic Books - American Authors Volume 0825)
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN: 1582018251 / 9781582018256 (USA edition)
Publisher: Classic Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Manassas
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN: 1406987816 / 9781406987812 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Manassas a Novel of the War
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN: 1417924322 / 9781417924325 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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April 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: Manassas: A Novel of the Civil War (Classics Civil War Fiction)
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN: 0817310444 / 9780817310448 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Alabama Press
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