New Book Examines Moral Character of American Civil War Participants

New Book Examines Moral Character of American Civil War Participants

After seeing the Civil War historic sights and sites contained in Fort Donelson National Park, Dr. Don C. Kean was moved to his very core and awed by historic figures who partook in the conflict. He could not help but wonder why modern society did not produce men like these anymore. Nostalgia prompted him to ask, "Other than the blot of human slavery, was the southern culture and lifestyle not a beautiful society of simplicity and morality?" This eventually led him to pen his book, an examination of the paragons of that society, that asks the readers if the heroes of the Confederate South were truly "Great Men?"

Dr. Kean studies the military participants in the American Civil War. To him, they are important because they were men of great courage, an incredible sense of duty, and strong moral conviction. They humbly saw many causes in their life that were much more important than themselves. Kean's book provides brief but concise profiles of some of the great leaders of this period in the country's history. It is not a book of military tactics or exploits. It is intended to provide some very basic history to those not familiar with this era while asking the question: "Despite their faults were these individuals not quite remarkable in many ways?"

The author hopes that readers will gain an appreciation of what their country could be if only more people had a stronger sense of duty, discipline, honor, and family - an appreciation of an era when people respected authority and appreciated the fact that there were entities and causes that were much bigger than themselves.

"Great Men?" is straightforward and geared to the average reader. It will familiarize the average person with some great food for thought about a period of American history that all citizens should be at least basically familiar with. It is not overtly historical or political and is not about the military or war.

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