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Item - Spies of the Civil War

Series: You Choose: Interactive Espionage Adventures
Author: Burgan, Michael
Date: August 1, 2015
ISBN: 1491459328 / 9781491459324
Length: 112 pages
User Summary: Choose to be a member of the Pinkerton group spying for the Union, a southern woman who lives in the north and is spying for the confederacy, or a slave who spies for the north while working in a confederate military camp.
Dtar's Thoughts: This story did a good job of exploring some of the less well understood motivations for spying during the U. S. Civil War. In particular, I think a good job was done of explaining that the woman who had been born in Virginia felt more loyalty to her state than either the Union or Confederacy, and chose to aid the Confederacy because that was the side that her state had joined. Other issues touched on are the facts that several states that stayed in the Union actually had slavery also, so the more or less middle ground of states like Maryland and Delaware and places like Washington D. C. had people who were biased toward the Confederacy and its desire to keep the institution of slavery. The nuances involved in this history are important, because a lot of us think of these things in simple terms of this side or that side of the conflict.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Dtar for the plot summary.

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