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Overview

Written by a leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, this text describes the social, economic, political, and ideological conflicts that led to a unique, tragic, and transitional event in American history. The third edition incorporates recent scholarship and addresses renewed areas of interest in the Civil War/Reconstruction era including the motivations and experiences of common soldiers and the role of women in the war effort.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072317367
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/30/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History at Princeton University where he has taught since 1962.
He received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1958 and his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in 1963.
He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a Scaver Institute Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California. In 1999, McPherson received the Public Humanities Award of the New Jersey Council of the Humanities.

A leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, McPherson has written many books including most recently, What They Fought For, 1861-1865 (1994), Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War (1996), For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1997), and Is Blood Thicker Than Water? Crises of Modern Nationalism (1998).

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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Valley City, North Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: The Setting of Conflict
Pt. 1 The Coming of War
Ch. 1 American Modernization, 1800-1860
Ch. 2 The Antebellum South
Ch. 3 The Geological Conflict over Slavery
Ch. 4 Texas, Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850
Ch. 5 Filibusterers, Fugitives, and Nativists
Ch. 6 Kansas and the Rise of the Republican Party
Ch. 7 The Deepening Crisis, 1857-1859
Ch. 8 The Critical Year, 1859-1860
Ch. 9 Secession and the Coming of War
Part One Timeline
The Civil War
Ch. 10 A Brothers' War: The Upper South
Ch. 11 Mobilizing for War
Ch. 12 The Balance Sheet of War
Ch. 13 The War at Home and Abroad
Ch. 14 The Springtime of Northern Hope
Ch. 15 Jackson and Lee Strike Back
Ch. 16 Slavery and the War: Northern Politics, 1861-1862
Ch. 17 The First Turning Point: Antietam and Emancipation
Ch. 18 The Winter of Northern Discontent
Ch. 19 The Second Turning Point: Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga
Ch. 20 War Issues and Politics in 1863
Ch. 21 Behind the Lines
Ch. 22 Wartime Reconstruction and the Freed-people
Ch. 23 Military Stalemate, 1864
Ch. 24 The Third Turning Point: The Election of 1864
Ch. 25 The End of the Confederacy
Part Two Timeline
Pt. 3 Reconstruction
Ch. 26 The Problems of Peace
Ch. 27 The Origins of "Radical" Reconstruction
Ch. 28 Reconstruction and the Crisis of Impeachment
Ch. 29 The First Grant Administration
Ch. 30 The Southern Question, 1869-1872
Ch. 31 Social and Economic Reconstruction
Ch. 32 The Retreat from Reconstruction
Ch. 33 The New South
Epilogue
Part Three Timeline
Glossary
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    Excellent book

    Excellent one volume history of antebellum, war, and reconstruction periods. Great introduction to new students of this time period in American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Enjoyable text book

    This was a college text book for me. It was the one college text that I couldn't put down once I started it. The events leading up to the civil war are presented in an interesting and thoughtful way.

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