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Posted April 28, 2008
Michael Perman's collection of primary documents in his 'Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction' covered a variety of topics concerning the Civil War and its aftermath. I enjoyed reading the book as a student, and if I were a professor I would have my students read this book. As a student, it was difficult to tie in the actual primary documents as sources for writing my class essays, but it was useful to use the two essays that followed the documents. The sources that were letters home were more entertaining than they were educationally useful. However, I was able to use the two essays at the end of each chapter as supporting evidence for whatever my topic was. The structure of the book is pieced together very well. It begins with why the civil war would have happened in the first place, and then follows the events leading up to and during the war. For my class I relied on this book as a second source of information along with the lectures. If I were to use this book as a professor I would have a class text book that shows general facts about the Civil War, and this book as a required source for essays and writing assignments.
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Posted October 29, 2009
Cannot actually rate this book. I'm sure it's excellent, as it is used repeatedly by an exceptional professor at the college where I am taking the Civil War History Class. However, this book did not arrive until after the class had completed this portion of studies (due on 9/21, received mid-Oct.) We have moved on to a second textbook, so I have not had the time to go back and read this text as well. Fortunately, I am not taking this class for credit so I can read the "Perman" text for reinforcement of my studies once the class is over. From classroom discussions, I have estimated what my opinion of the book might be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2008
Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction is one of the better textbooks I have read. The mix of primary documets and essay's by some of the best historians in the field gives the reader a better understanding of the cause and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The book does have some drawbacks, some of the chapters feature more primary sources than is neccessary to get the point across and some of the essay's drag on longer than need be. The one improvement I would suggest for the editors is to feature photography and political cartoons as part of the primary soucres. Also don't forget the ladies and African Americans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2008
I like this book because it contains primary documents during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. From this book, I learn that there are more complicated issues besides the war itself such as the cause(s) of the war such as the canning of Sumner in 1863. I would use this book if I were a professor because of the primary documents that students can use for their paper(s) and it illustrates more complex and deeper issues behind the war.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.