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Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction
     

Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction

by William L. Richter
 

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The importance of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the history of the United States cannot be overstated. Many historians regard the Civil War as the defining event in American history. At stake was not only freedom for 3.5 million slaves but also survival of the relatively new American experiment in self-government. A very real possibility existed that the union

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The importance of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the history of the United States cannot be overstated. Many historians regard the Civil War as the defining event in American history. At stake was not only freedom for 3.5 million slaves but also survival of the relatively new American experiment in self-government. A very real possibility existed that the union could have been severed, but a collection of determined leaders and soldiers proved their willingness to fight for the survival of what Abraham Lincoln called "the last best hope on earth."

The second edition of this highly readable, one-volume Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction looks to place the war in its historical context. The more than 800 entries, encompassing the years 1844-1877, cover the significant events, persons, politics, and economic and social themes of the Civil War and Reconstruction. An extensive chronology, introductory essay, and comprehensive bibliography supplement the cross-referenced dictionary entries to guide the reader through the military and non-military actions of one of the most pivotal events in American history. The dictionary concludes with a selection of primary documents. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
This book should be added to reference collections of academic and large public libraries. The readable style, balanced coverage, and authoritative scholarship make it an important work.
American Reference Books Annual
...provides users with data on significant people and events from the late 1840s to 1900. In its several parts, it provides this information through an introductory essay, a lengthy chronology, an extensive bibliography, several documents of the period, and over 800 dictionary-style entries that make up the main body of this work.
History: The Journal Of The Historical Association
This book is in many respects very informative and one can learn a lot from reading it.
CHOICE
A superb reference on the Civil War...Essential. All academic libraries.
History: The Journal Of The Historical Association
This book is in many respects very informative and one can learn a lot from reading it.
Choice
A superb reference on the Civil War...Essential. All academic libraries.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...provides users with data on significant people and events from the late 1840s to 1900. In its several parts, it provides this information through an introductory essay, a lengthy chronology, an extensive bibliography, several documents of the period, and over 800 dictionary-style entries that make up the main body of this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810879591
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of U.S. Politics and Political Eras
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1056
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

William L. Richter has researched and written extensively in the areas of the Antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. He is the author of The Army in Texas during Reconstruction, 1865 - 1870 and he is coauthor of Fascinating People and Astounding Events in American History.

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