A Nation Divided: Causes of the Civil War

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The causes of the Civil War lay in the very social fabric of the nation. Divisive issues such as varying economies, conflicting social norms, divergent class structures, and opposing positions on trade policy were all factors that caused tension between the antebellum North and South. However, it was in the "Peculiar Institution" of slavery that the deepest fissure existed that cleared the way for secession and ultimate internecine war. As Jane Gould demonstrates in this illustrated volume of the "Understanding the Civil War" series, the causation of the Civil War was not simply an event but rather a deepening chasm that evolved over decades. In this book Gould sets the stage for the remainder of this informative series by detailing the evolutionary trends in American politics, social structures, and economics that were the precursors to the American Civil War. Chapter by chapter, Gould builds a case for the gradual but clearly defined progression of events that raised the ante of conflict so high that war became seemingly inevitable. Culminating at Fort Sumter, the movement toward civil war that had marked American governance for years came true. As Jane Gould deftly demonstrates in this well-constructed book, the causes of the Civil War were manifold but primarily rested in slavery, the great dividing point between North and South. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778753544
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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