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This Terrible War

ISBN-10: 0321125584
ISBN-13: 9780321125583
Edition: 2003
Authors: Michael Fellman
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Description: Explores the complexities of the Civil War era, detailing the political, economic, military, and human events of this tragic American conflict. Personal and candid excerpts from diaries, newspapers, and songs illustrate the human meanings of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/9/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848

Explores the complexities of the Civil War era, detailing the political, economic, military, and human events of this tragic American conflict. Personal and candid excerpts from diaries, newspapers, and songs illustrate the human meanings of the war. Detailed examination of the chain of events in the contexts of the years leading up to the Civil War and follows the war's aftermath. Reports on the home front where the impact of the Civil War was felt most. In this engaging account of the Civil War, the war that Abraham Lincoln called in his Second Inaugural Address, "this terrible war," the authors take the readers beyond the flags and bugles to explore this event for what it was rather than for what many wish it had been. Ultimately set off by the Slavery Debate and the South's secession from the Union, the Civil War was a spiteful military campaign of countryman vs. countryman, and resulted in enormous casualties and dire consequences for the Northern and Southern Armies. The authors thoroughly explore the political, economic, and social chain of events that led up to the war; the chaos and destruction which resulted from political inexperience with waging a war of this magnitude; and the ultimate failure of Reconstruction effort to produce racial justice. With maps to guide the reader through the major battles, and period photographs which show both the military and the human side of the conflict,This Terrible Warprovides the reader with a unique view of a complex American tragedy in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Michael Fellmanis Professor of History and Director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Among his earlier books areInside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War; Citizen Sherman: A Biography of William T. Sherman;andThe Making of Robert E. Lee. Daniel E. Sutherlandis a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. He is the author or editor of eleven other books about Nineteenth-Century United States history, includingSeasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community,andFredericksburg and Chancellorsville: The Dare Mark Campaign.

 Thomas Bahdeis a visiting scholar in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His work has appeared in the journal  Michael Fellmanis Professor of History Emeritus at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of seven books on American history and the Civil War, including ShermanandThe Making of Robert E. Lee.                             

Preface
Prologue to Civil War: John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry
Before the War
Commonalities and Conflict: Slavery and the American Republic
Political Collapse: 1848-1860
Civil War
Southerners Secede and Amateurs Go to War: December 1860-December 1861
Discovering the Scope of the War: 1861-1862
Reckoning with Slavery, Reckoning with Freedom
Attack and Die: November 1862-January 1863
The Other War
An Inconclusive Year: 1863
A War of Exhaustion: 1864-1865
Aftermath of War
Mixed Messages from the Victors: Northern Politics and Southern Reconstruction: 1863-1868
White and Black Reconstruction in the South: 1865-1872
Destroying Reconstruction
Epilogue: Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War
Selected Bibliography
Credits
Index

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