America's Civil War

ISBN-10: 0882959298

ISBN-13: 9780882959290

Edition: 1996

Authors: Brooks D. Simpson, Abraham S. Eisenstadt, John Hope Franklin

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Such is the continuing volume of work on the Civil War that we are regularly in need of an authoritative and accessible brief synthesis to keep us up to date with this endlessly fascinating subject. Brooks Simpson meets that need for the 1990s in America's Civil War, a wonderful feat of compression in which he addresses all the great issues of the war in 200 pages of clear and readable prose. Rightly, he puts the military history of the conflict at the center of the picture, but he excels in relating the drama of the war itself to the politics of both Union and Confederacy, to the stresses and strains-and opportunities-of the home front, and to the great issues of emancipation and reconstruction. This book is a fine achievement, and it will be invaluable not only to students but to many other readers-and even Civil War specialists will benefit from its fresh insights.–Peter J. Parish, Cambridge University
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/19/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 239
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The son of an attorney who practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, John Hope Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma on January 2, 1915. He received a B. A. from Fisk University in 1935 and a master's degree in 1936 and a Ph.D. in 1941 from Harvard University. During his career in education, he taught at a numerous institutions including Brooklyn College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. He also had teaching stints in Australia, China, and Zimbabwe. He has written numerous scholarly works including The Militant South, 1800-1861 (1956); Reconstruction After the Civil War (1961); The Emancipation Proclamation (1963); and The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993). His comprehensive history From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans (1947) is generally acknowledged to be the basic survey of African American history. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Medal of Freedom in 1995 and the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanities in 2006. He worked with Thurgood Marshall's team of lawyers in their effort to end segregation in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education and participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Studies Association. He was also a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars. He died of congestive heart failure on March 25, 2009 at the age of 94.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: On Understanding the Civil War
Secession and the First Shot
The First Shot
War Begins
Mobilizing For Conflict
War Aims
The First Battles
The European Response
The Limited War
Forts Henry and Donelson
Rebels Resurgents in Virginia
Confederate Escalation
War Becomes Revolution
Toward Emancipation
Confederate Counteroffensives: Lee Moves North
Confederate Counteroffensives: Perryville, Iuka, and Corinth
Emancipation and Elections
Union Battlefield Standoffs and Rebuffs
Gambles Won and Lost
Vicksburg and Gettysburg
Chickamauga and Chattanooga
The Impact of Emancipation
The Home Front
The Folks Back Home
The Northern Economy and War Effort
The Southern Economy and War Effort
Politics and Society: The North
Politics and Society: The South
Wartime Reconstruction: Early Steps
The Campaigns of 1864
Grant’s Grand Design
The Wilderness Campaigns
The Atlanta Campaign
Lincoln’s Bid for Reelection
Victory on the Battlefield and at the Ballot Box
Victory and Defeat
Sherman’s March to the Sea
Fort Fisher and the March through the Carolinas
Emancipation, Reconstruction, and Peace Proposals
From Richmond to Appomattox
Foundations for Peace
Conclusion: Why the Union Won
Bibliographical Essay
Maps: Major Campaigns of the Civil War
Campaigns in the West, February to April 1862
The Peninsula Campaign 1862
Campaigns in Virginia and Maryland, August to December 1862
War in the East, 1863
The Vicksburg Campaign, April to July 1863
Grant vs. Lee
Campaigns in the West, 1864-65
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