A People's Contest: The Union and Civil War, 1861-1865 / Edition 2

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"Required reading for all students of the era. The generals, the politics, and the campaigns are here, but they are treated from such a different perspective that Paludan has accomplished the scholarly paradox of a fresh innovative work that is based on secondary material."—Jean H. Baker, Reviews in American History

"Paludan's brilliant prose rests on wide-ranging, imaginative research and gifted historical insights. A splendid book that will take precedence among studies of the North in war."—Frank Vandiver, Journal of American History

"For readers interested in a thoughtful survey of the impact of the Civil War on northern society, this is the place to begin."—Joseph T. Glatthaar, Georgia Historical Quarterly

Author Biography: Phillip Shaw Paludan, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the Civil War, is visiting professor of history at Rutgers University at Camden. His most recent book, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, received the 1995 Lincoln Prize, the Barondess/Lincoln Award, and was a selection of both the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club. His other works include Victims: A True Story of the Civil War and A Covenant with Death: The Constitution, Law, and Equality in the Civil War Era

Told through the lives and writings of individuals, this book examines the impact of the war on society.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
A remarkable achievement that boldly seeks to link the new economic and social history with traditional political and military approaches to the conflict. A stunning accomplishment of synthetic scholarship.
Civil War History
Both a moving narrative of people under pressure and judicious survey of major topics, this book will speak to the imagination of students and teachers long after they have put down other recent works of crude historical materialism and bestselling popular syntheses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608126
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Modern World Studies Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
1 Communities Go to War 3
2 Forging Foreign and Domestic Weapons 32
3 The Ways of Making War 61
4 The Dialogue of Politics, 1861-1862 85
5 Congress and the Capitalists 105
6 Congress and the Second "American System" 127
7 Agriculture and the Benefits of War 151
8 Industrial Workers and the Costs of War 170
9 The Meanings of Emancipation 198
10 The Dialogue of Politics: Loyalty and Unity, 1863-1864 231
11 World Images of War 263
12 Frankenstein and Everyman: Sherman, Grant, and Modern War 287
13 The Scars of War 316
14 The Coming of the Lord: Religion in the Civil War Era 339
Conclusion 375
Notes 395
Bibliographical Essay 441
Index 471
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