A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction / Edition 1

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A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction addresses the key topics and themes of the Civil War era, with 23 original essays by top scholars in the field.

  • An authoritative volume that surveys the history and historiography of the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Analyzes the major sources and the most influential books and articles in the field
  • Includes discussions on scholarly advances in U.S. Civil War history.
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" A recent and welcome addition to the Blackwell Companions to American History series. . . . The choice of Lacy Ford to edit this volume was an excellent one. Ford has assembled a stellar team of scholars . . . Most of the essays are certain to become essential reading for specialists but are also accessible to nonspecialists . . . . [T]his volume belongs on the 'must-read' shelf of scholars of the Civil War and Reconstruction as well as those of nineteenth-century southern and U.S. history." Journal of Southern History
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Meet the Author

Lacy Ford is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the recipient of many awards in American and Southern history including the 1999 NEH Fellowship Award and the Francis B. Simkins prize for his book Origins of Southern Radicalism (1988).

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Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors.

Introduction: A Civil War in the Age of Capital (Lacy K. Ford).

Part I: Sectional Conflict and the Coming of the Civil War.

1 Slavery and the Union, 1789–1833 (Douglas R. Egerton).

2 The Market Revolution (John Larson).

3 Slavery and the Old South (Larry Hudson).

4 Planters, Plain Folk, and Poor Whites in the Old South (Charles C. Bolton).

5 Humanitarian Reform and Antislavery (James B. Stewart).

6 Women in the Antebellum North (Teresa Murphy).

7 Women in the Old South (Michele Gillespie).

8 The Road to Secession (Michael Morrison).

9 The Republican Triumph (John Ashworth).

10 And the War Came (Daniel Crofts).

Part II: The Civil War and American Society.

11 Saving the Union (Kevin Gannon).

12 Civil War Military Campaigns: The Union (Carol Reardon).

13 Civil War Military Campaigns: The Confederacy (Steven Woodworth).

14 The Confederate Home Front (Mary DeCredico).

15 Emancipation (Joseph P. Reidy).

Part III: Reconstruction and the New Nation.

16 Defining Reconstruction (O. Vernon Burton, David Herr, and Matthew Cheney).

17 The Politics of Reconstruction (Michael Perman).

18 The Economics of Reconstruction (Peter A. Coclanis and Scott Marler).

19 Southern Labor and Reconstruction (R. Tracy McKenzie).

20 Northern Women during the Age of Emancipation (Nina Silber).

21 Southern Women during the Age of Emancipation (Jeannie Whayne).

22 The Legacy of Confederate Defeat (Gaines M. Foster).

23 Reconstruction and the Nation (Heather Richardson).



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