Not to say that I don't care about slavery or the emancipation proclamation because I do think those are terribly important. I just don't connect with the Civil War itself, and I can't figure out why. Nor do I really want to do so, honestly.
What interests me about WWI and WWII is that they affected so many people. There were huge migrations of people; entire generations of young men cut down in their prime; and
it was an international conflict. I think also, because the series of literature about the Great War and others is so much more compelling to me. Once again, a matter of personal taste.
So, in no particular order, here are three books about WWI, which really brought it home to me as a conflict.
- RILLA OF INGLESIDE by L. M. Montgomery
- MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf
- THE MOFFATS series by Eleanor Estes (I know there's a part of one book that specifically deals with having a Victory Garden, but which one escapes me right now.)