A House Divided: Sectionalism and Civil War, 1848-1865

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What caused the Civil War? A House Divided presents a fresh and balanced interpretation that challenges the view of slavery as a largely artificial or symbolic issue in the conflict between two incompatible societies. This book traces the growth of bitter sectional discord in the years after 1848, when the acquisition of new American territories rekindled old controversies over the expansion of slavery. A series of compromises forestalled the crisis of secession but increasingly...
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Overview

What caused the Civil War? A House Divided presents a fresh and balanced interpretation that challenges the view of slavery as a largely artificial or symbolic issue in the conflict between two incompatible societies. This book traces the growth of bitter sectional discord in the years after 1848, when the acquisition of new American territories rekindled old controversies over the expansion of slavery. A series of compromises forestalled the crisis of secession but increasingly divided the country along slavery's lines.

A fresh and balanced interpretation of the causes of the Civil War that challenges the view of slavery as a largely artificial of symbolic issue in the conflict between two incompatible societies.

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Editorial Reviews

Civil War Book Exchange and Collector's Newsletter

Sewell's style is fast moving and very readable... An excellent volume summarizing the stormy period prior to the war as well as a look at the military and home fronts.

Civil War History

A well-writtem, traditional, and brief narrative of the period from the end of the Mexican War to the conclusion of the Civil War... Shows the value of traditional political history which is too often ignored in our rush to reconstruct the social texture of society.

— Thomas D. Morris

Georgia Historical Quarterly

The best short treatment of the sectional conflict and Civil War available... Sewell convincingly demonstrates that the conflict was a revolutionary experience that fundamentally transformed the Republic and its people, and left a racial heritage that still confronts America today. The result is a poignant discussion of the central tragedy of American history and its legacy for the nation.

— William E. Gienapp

History

A provocative starting point for discussion, further study, and independent assessment.

— William H. Pease

Journal of Southern History

Tailored for adoption in college courses. Students will find that the author has a keen eye for vivid quotations, giving his prose welcome immediacy.

— Daniel W. Crofts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801835315
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1988
  • Series: The American Moment Ser.
  • Pages: 240

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