On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we present this commemorative issue featuring Atlantic stories by Mark Twain, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and many more. Purchase on newsstands through March 5, or order your print or digital copy here.
An account of America's bloodiest slave revolt and its repercussions.
An escaped slave recalls his violent showdown with slave-catchers.
How a coterie of New Englanders—including the author—secretly funded the raid on Harpers Ferry
In 1861, the grandson of John Quincy Adams argued that slavery could still end without war.
In 1860, The Atlantic endorsed Abraham Lincoln for president.
A Northern journalist records his visit to Charleston during the Fort Sumter standoff.
A dispatch from a Union soldier who was later killed in action
A scholar argues that the Union debacle at Bull Run was not such a disaster.
The novelist visits Washington in wartime—and is then censored by The Atlantic.
An account of the author’s frantic search for his wounded son, who lived to become a Supreme Court justice
The famous short story about an Army officer who learns, too late, to love his country
An Atlantic founder argues vehemently for the emancipation of the slaves.
Seven months after his call to free the slaves, Emerson hails the Emancipation Proclamation.
The author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin issues a call to action.
One of the earliest pieces published by the author, who was 21 years old at the time
A Union general is stymied by the ornery women of the South.
The white colonel of the first official black regiment recounts his experience.
Set in a wartime hospital, a short story about a family with a poisonous secret
The significance of the Gettysburg Address
A Northerner pays tribute to the general’s humility and heroism.
Reliving the war’s final battles
A reporter describes the rebels’ flight from Richmond, and Lincoln’s surprise visit two days later.
A Confederate soldier recalls the chaotic days following surrender.
Three months after Lincoln’s murder, The Atlantic seeks to make sense of it.
The famous novelist’s tale of an elderly Southerner, oblivious to what the war had cost her.
An absurdist short story about a Union doctor—which many Atlantic readers erroneously believed at the time to be nonfiction.
A leading black intellectual surveys the government’s efforts to aid the freed slaves.
A Southerner describes mounting racial tensions in the aftermath of Reconstruction.
An educator’s controversial argument contends that blacks should advance by making themselves useful to whites.
Taking issue with Booker T. Washington, the author argues that blacks should attend college.
Du Bois gives voice to the aspirations of black Americans in the post-Civil War world.