The Causes of the Civil War

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By the middle of the nineteenth century, the United States was a deeply divided nation. The North and South clashed over many issues -- economic issues, how to organize new land in the West, and in particular, the South's "peculiar institution," slavery. This book uncovers the roots of the Civil War, highlighting the roles played by key individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.
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Overview

By the middle of the nineteenth century, the United States was a deeply divided nation. The North and South clashed over many issues -- economic issues, how to organize new land in the West, and in particular, the South's "peculiar institution," slavery. This book uncovers the roots of the Civil War, highlighting the roles played by key individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.
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Although the American Civil War broke out in April 1861, its origins can be traced much further into the nation's past. Sectional differences, economic development, cultural divides, and splits over the "Peculiar Institution," or slavery, all contributed to a conflict that reshaped the nation and claimed over 620,000 lives. Anderson's The Causes of the Civil War explains the reasons why a great nation ripped itself apart and fought a war of great ferocity. This volume of the "World Almanac Library of the Civil War" combines solid historical research, primary source quotations, and numerous illustrations. Dale Anderson provides a carefully written and information packed narrative. As the author of this sound book relates, in 1861, when secession occurred, Americans across the land shared far more of a heritage than even they realized. Yet, despite their many commonalties, Northerners and Southerners surged ahead with an internecine war that was bloody indeed. Out of the ashes of that war came both enormous suffering and the beginning of modern America. In this introductory work, Anderson does justice to a complex subject and thereby offers readers a good starting point for their study of this fiery chapter in American history. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 4-6-While series on the Civil War are rather common, this one stands apart by presenting a wide breadth of topics in a concise way. These four titles offer accessible overviews for students just becoming acquainted with this period in American history, and who are challenged to understand the big picture as opposed to the more specific aspects studied later on. All of the books begin with similar introductions summarizing events up to that point and the significance of the part about to be told. The sections that follow provide interesting facts in a quick format that divides the chapters by topical headlines accompanied by several paragraphs of information. This makes it possible even for history haters to get through the material in appropriate blocks of action. Many important individuals are profiled in frequent sidebars, and clear maps and extremely helpful photographs, illustrations, and reproductions are everywhere, many in full color. Also featured are first-person quotes and short paragraphs on additional items of interest such as "Women Soldiers" (Soldier's Life) and Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address" (Union Victory). Anderson has kept his audience in mind throughout his writing, and students will therefore learn and benefit from these titles.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Divided Country 4
Chapter 2 The "Peculiar Institution" 10
Chapter 3 Slavery in the Territories 16
Chapter 4 The Bloodshed Begins 20
Chapter 5 The Election of 1860 26
Chapter 6 Secession 30
Chapter 7 War! 36
Chapter 8 Planning for War 40
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
Further Resources 46
Index 47
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