Cultures In Conflict--The American Civil War

Cultures In Conflict--The American Civil War

by Steven Woodworth
     
 

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The American Civil War was primarily a conflict of cultures, and slavery was the largest single cultural factor separating North and South. This collection of carefully selected memoirs, diaries, letters, and reminiscences of ordinary Northerners and Southerners who experienced the war as soldiers or civilians brings to life the conflict in culture, principles,

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The American Civil War was primarily a conflict of cultures, and slavery was the largest single cultural factor separating North and South. This collection of carefully selected memoirs, diaries, letters, and reminiscences of ordinary Northerners and Southerners who experienced the war as soldiers or civilians brings to life the conflict in culture, principles, attitudes, hopes, courage, and suffering of both sides. Woodworth, a Civil War historian, has selected a wide variety of moving first person accounts, each of which tells a story of a life as well as the attitudes of ordinary people and the real conditions of war and homefront. Woodworth presents the war in the words of those who lived it.

Contrasting selections will help the reader to see the war through the eyes of Northerners and Southerners as: soldiers prepare for war; women's lives change after the men go to war; soldiers on both sides experience the difficulties of camp life; sweethearts (the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln and her Confederate fiancé) exchange heartfelt letters; a husband's letters and his wife's diary recount their love, his death in battle, and her deep loss, countered by her faith; soldiers and civilians recount the carnage of the war's devastating battles; and people on both sides reflect on the outcome of the war and its consequences to their way of life. The accounts contrast the writers' attitudes toward Northern and Southern society, the principles for which those societies stood, and the religious significance of the war. These accounts and the narrative discussion of the difference in culture will help readers to understand the Civil War as a conflict of cultures. Telling the story of the war as personal history makes the experience of the Civil War come alive for readers.

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VOYA
Woodworth has produced another valuable Civil War resource for students and teachers with this fine book that has three sections packed with information. A useful time line tracing the events from 1860 to 1865 precedes the first chapter, which includes a brief historical overview. An insightful second chapter follows, discussing the basic cultural differences between the North and South. This beginning gives readers a point of reference for the documents that follow. The historical documents, including diary entries, letters, and photographs, provide a rich panorama of America's bloodiest conflict. Brief introductory paragraphs to each document or set of documents remind readers about the cultural differences that brought the country to the point of war and continued to flourish throughout this period and beyond. Woodworth is never intrusive, allowing the documents, although seemingly unrelated, to unfold to tell a rich but painful story. Readers are treated to four chapters that trace chronologically a multitude of events endured by people in both the North and the South. Included here are the words of soldiers and civilians as they describe their feelings about the war and both the major and minor trials and inconveniences it caused in their lives. This informative book presents history at its best. Teachers looking for primary source documents on the Civil War will find an abundance here. The third section titled "Reflecting" includes "Ideas for Exploration," which will be a wonderful starting point for essays or classroom discussions. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000,Greenwood, 220p, Index, Photos, Source Notes, Further Reading, Chronology, PLB. Ages 16 to 18. Reviewer: Lois Parker-Hennion VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313306518
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Series:
Greenwood Press Cultures in Conflict Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1230L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

STEVEN E. WOODWORTH teaches history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. He is the author of several books, including The American Civil War, published by Greenwood Press, as well as Jefferson Davis and his Generals, Davis and Lee at War, and Six Armies in Tennessee.

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