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This third revised edition contains eighty-seven selections drawn from original sources of the period, including newspaper editorials and speeches by public figures - plus essays by historians from the post Civil War era up to the present. Key contemporary documents - such as excerpts from the Lincoln - Douglas debates, Jefferson Davis's history of the Confederacy, and the speeches of Senator John C. Calhoun - give the reader a vivid, authoritative overview of the political, cultural, and economic currents that swept the nation toward a bloody civil war.
The Causes of the Civil War has been a perennial sourcebook for historians and lay readers alike since 1959. This edition is the most complete ever, with prominent historians such as Michael F. Holt, James M. McPherson, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown bringing fresh insights to bear.
Was the Civil War inevitable? What really caused it? Drawing on original sources--from Jefferson Davis to Frederick Douglass--and interpretive essays by today's most influential historians, this collection of essays gives a vivid sense of the political, economic, and cultural currents that swept the nation to war.