The Civil War: A Concise Account by a Noted Southern Historian

Overview


For nearly half a century, Grady McWhiney has stood in the foremost ranks of Civil War historians, receiving numerous honors and helping prepare a new generation of historians to carry on the task of understanding and interpreting the Civil War. Here, McWhiney presents a concise narrative that, says fellow historian John C. Waugh, "is comprehensive but still sings."

Says Eugene Genovese: "Grady McWhiney provides a responsible, judicious, well-balanced guide to the principal ...

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Overview


For nearly half a century, Grady McWhiney has stood in the foremost ranks of Civil War historians, receiving numerous honors and helping prepare a new generation of historians to carry on the task of understanding and interpreting the Civil War. Here, McWhiney presents a concise narrative that, says fellow historian John C. Waugh, "is comprehensive but still sings."

Says Eugene Genovese: "Grady McWhiney provides a responsible, judicious, well-balanced guide to the principal issues and personalities of America's most painful period." McWhiney's book, he suggests, "is a corrective to prevalent textbook biases and deserves wide classroom use."

William C. Davis adds, "The Civil War is not designed to be the last word on the experience and the era, but it contains virtually all of the first words needed to give a reader a considerable familiarity in a remarkably short time."

The Civil War stands on its own as a supplemental text or a quick read, but it also is a natural companion to 20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War by John C. Waugh, published last year by McWhiney Foundation Press and available in paperback.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"It is not easy to condense the Civil War into a short concise narrative that is comprehensive, but still sings. McWhiney has hit all the right buttons and done it with style. To brevity he has added life, deftly describing the actors on that great stage, bringing them back alive, cogently and vividly."- John C. Waugh

"Grady McWhiney provides a responsible, judicious, well-balanced guide to the principle issues and personalities of America's most painful period. The Civil War is a corrective to prevalent textbook biases and deserves wide classroom use." -Eugene Genovese

"This is an outstanding one-volume account of the American Civil War and fascinating reading. Grady McWhiney has made the events before and during the war come to life. As a book for the general reader or beginning student, it could not be better. McWhiney has written it with his usual graceful prose and the text is everything we have come to expect from his writings. It is clear, scholarly, and entertaining." -Ann J. Bailey

From The Critics
McWhiney's brief treatment of the war is a judicious, well-balanced
work that will well serve any high school American history class, as
well as readers who desire a more brief introduction to a history of
the war. Highly recommended for all high school and public
libraries.
Review of Texas Books
McWhiney's brief treatment of the war is a judicious, well-balanced
work that will well serve any high school American history class, as
well as readers who desire a more brief introduction to a history of
the war. Highly recommended for all high school and public
libraries.
Civil War Book Review
Beginning with the observation, '. . . there were no united states in 1787,' Grady McWhiney offers a condensed account of the Civil War that goes far beyond that of a simple military history. He focuses on the most basic political, social, and economic factors that led to and determined the outcome of the most costly war to occur on American soil. All the while, McWhiney highlights the debates surrounding slavery as well as the regional differences that existed even before the time when there were no United States.
Midwest Book Review
"an invaluable compendium . . . very strongly recommended, . . . [an] informative study not found elsewhere."
The Rebel Rouser
"Scholarly as well as entertaining, this small volume packs a tremendous amount of information in a remarkably small number of words. We hope that schools will add this to their recommended reading lists."
Barton A. Myers
". . . a fast-paced yet factually packed history."
H-Net Book Review
Military Trader
". . . an authoritative, to-the-point summary."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893114494
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author


GRADY McWHINEY needs no introduction to readers of Civil War history. A distinguished writer, historian, teacher, and philanthropist, his career has spanned more than fifty years. His many publications include the highly regarded (and debated) Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage, and Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee (McWhiney Foundation Press). He is in great demand as a scholar, speaker, and authority on Southern and Civil War history. McWhiney is also the founder of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, headquartered at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he currently resides.
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Read an Excerpt

A Divided Nation. in 1894 President Zachary Taylor faced a national crisis. Thanks to the Wilmot Proviso, a bill introduced in Congress to prevent slaver in any territory acquired from Mexico, discussions over the question of slavery's expansion ruled politics. Sectional debate dominated the 31st Congress that assembled on December 3. In the House of Representatives surrounded by 112 Democrats, 105 Whigs, thirteen Free Soldiers held the balance of power. Southern Whigs, led by Georgians Alexander H. Stephens and Robert Toombs, opposed the Whig candidate for Speaker, Robert C. Winthrop of Massachusetts, because the Whig caucus had refused to oppose the Wilmot Proviso.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreward by John C. Waugh                                            7
Introduction by Donald S. Frazier                                     9
1. A National Crisis                                                          24
2. Repeal of the Missouri Compromise                          35
3. Toward Disunion                                                         46
4. The Call to Arms                                                         58
5. The Clash of Arms                                                      66
6. Behind the Lines                                                         80
7.War for Southern Independence                                  91
8. War in the West in 1862                                             99
9. War in the East in 1862                                             105
10. War in 1863                                                              116    
11. To the End                                                                125

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