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Civil War and Reconstruction A Documentary Reader

ISBN-10: 1405156643
ISBN-13: 9781405156646
Edition: 2007
Authors: Stanley Harrold
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Description: This volume deals with two momentous and interrelated events in American history. The American Civil War (1861-1865) is the countryrsquo;s largest and most significant war, as northern victory created national sovereignty and ended legal slavery.  More...

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List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

This volume deals with two momentous and interrelated events in American history. The American Civil War (1861-1865) is the countryrsquo;s largest and most significant war, as northern victory created national sovereignty and ended legal slavery. The war is also the most popular topic in American history. Reconstruction (1863-1877), although intricately linked to the Civil War, has a more complicated and darker legacy. During this era, the U.S. government undertook a limited effort in behalf of black citizenship, and-faced with violent resistance from white southerners-abandoned the effort. It provides students with a collection of about fifty essential documentary sources for these periods. Among the documents are presidential addresses, official reports, songs and poems, and a variety of eyewitness testimony concerning significant (and often dramatic) events. In addition to a brief introduction focused on the kinds of materials available and how historians use them, there are headnotes explaining the importance of each document. The volume allows students to acquire a better understanding of the raw materials with which historians create narratives of the past. Its introduction includes an explanation of how historians analyze, contextualize, and interpret a variety of primary sources related to the Civil War and Reconstruction, making this volume a valuable supplement to widely used Civil War and Reconstruction textbooks.

Stanley Harrold is professor of history at South Carolina State University.

List of Figures
Series Editors' Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Causes
Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1833
Address to the Slaves of the US, 1843
Address of the Southern Delegates to their Constituents, 1849
Irrepressible Conflict, 1858
Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, Slaves Picking Cotton, 1858
Last Speech, 1859
Disunion to War
Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina, 1860
Crittenden Compromise Proposal, 1860
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Jefferson Davis about to become Provisional President of the Confederacy, 1861
"I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land," 1860
First Inaugural Address, 1861
Cornerstone Speech, 1861
Approaching Conflict at Fort Sumter, 1861
Battles
First Battle of Bull Run, 1861
"1861," 1861
Battle of Wilson Creek and Guerilla War in Missouri, 1861-62
The Monitor Battles the Virginia (Merrimac), 1862
Battle of Antietam, 1862
Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
Union Dead on the Gettysburg Battlefield, 1863
Black-White Guerilla War in Florida, 1863
Battle of Chickamauga, 1863
Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, 1865
General Report of Operations, 1864-65
Soldiers' Experiences
A Woman in the New York Volunteers, 1862-64
Preserving Discipline in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1863
Union Soldiers Recovering from Wounds, 1864
Union Soldiers under Fire, 1862-64
Religion and the Daily Lives of Union Soldiers in Alabama, 1864
A Confederate Officer Observes the Siege of Petersburg, 1864
US Colored Cavalry in Virginia, 1864
On Soldiers and Prostitutes, City Point, Virginia, 1864
A Confederate Woman on Union Prisoners at Andersonville, 1865
Homefronts
Confederate Women Prepare their Men for War, 1861
Corruption in Washington, DC, 1862
Contraband Camps in Alexandria, Virginia, 1863
Life in Besieged Vicksburg, 1863
Richmond Bread Riot, 1863
Illustrated London News, New York City Draft Riot, 1863
"Barbara Frietchie," 1864
Political Perspectives
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic," 1862
Union War Aims, 1862
State Sovereignty in the Confederacy, 1862Joseph E. Brown
Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
Northern Opposition to the Civil War, 1863
"Men of Color to Arms!" 1863
Gettysburg Address, 1863
Democratic Caricature of Republican Racial Policy, 1864
War for Slavery, 1865
Second Inaugural Address, 1865
The Trans-Mississippi West
Homestead Act, 1862
Sand Creek Massacre, 1864
Treaty of Fort Laramie, 1868
Joining of the Rails, Promontory, Utah, 1869
Reconstruction
Presidential Reconstruction, 1863
African-American Refugees amid Ruins of Richmond, 1865
State Convention of the Colored People of South Carolina, Memorial to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, 1865
Congressional Reconstruction, 1865
Reconstruction Amendments, 1865-70
An Appeal to the Women of the United States, 1871
Ku Klux Klan Terrorism, 1871
Failure of Reconstruction, 1879
Suggested Reading
Index

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