This Terrible War

This Terrible War

by Michael Fellman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321125584

ISBN-13: 9780321125583

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Explores the complexities of the Civil War era, detailing the political, economic, military, and human events of this tragic American conflict.

  • Personal and candid excerpts from diaries, newspapers, and songs illustrate the human meanings of the war.
  • Detailed examination of the chain of events in the contexts of the years leading up to
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Overview

Explores the complexities of the Civil War era, detailing the political, economic, military, and human events of this tragic American conflict.

  • Personal and candid excerpts from diaries, newspapers, and songs illustrate the human meanings of the war.
  • Detailed examination of the chain of events in the contexts of the years leading up to the Civil War and follows the war's aftermath.
  • Reports on the home front where the impact of the Civil War was felt most.
In this engaging account of the Civil War, the war that Abraham Lincoln called in his Second Inaugural Address, "this terrible war," the authors take the readers beyond the flags and bugles to explore this event for what it was rather than for what many wish it had been. Ultimately set off by the Slavery Debate and the South's secession from the Union, the Civil War was a spiteful military campaign of countryman vs. countryman, and resulted in enormous casualties and dire consequences for the Northern and Southern Armies. The authors thoroughly explore the political, economic, and social chain of events that led up to the war; the chaos and destruction which resulted from political inexperience with waging a war of this magnitude; and the ultimate failure of Reconstruction effort to produce racial justice. With maps to guide the reader through the major battles, and period photographs which show both the military and the human side of the conflict, This Terrible War provides the reader with a unique view of a complex American tragedy in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Michael Fellman is Professor of History and Director of the GraduateLiberal Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Among his earlier books are Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War; Citizen Sherman: A Biography of William T. Sherman; and The Making of Robert E. Lee.

Daniel E. Sutherland is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. He is the author or editor of eleven other books about Nineteenth-Century United States history, including Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community, and Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville: The Dare Mark Campaign.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321125583
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue to Civil War: John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry1
Pt. IBefore the War11
1Commonalities and Conflict: Slavery and the American Republic11
2Political Collapse: 1848-186040
Pt. IICivil War76
3Southerners Secede and Amateurs Go to War: December 1860-December 186176
4Discovering the Scope of the War: 1861-1862109
5Reckoning with Slavery, Reckoning with Freedom141
6Attack and Die: November 1862-January 1863168
7The Other War194
8An Inconclusive Year: 1863225
9A War of Exhaustion: 1864-1865259
Pt. IIIAftermath of War292
10Mixed Messages from the Victors: Northern Politics and Southern Reconstruction: 1863-1868292
11White and Black Reconstruction in the South: 1865-1872317
12Destroying Reconstruction346
Epilogue: Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War374
Selected Bibliography383
Credits401
Index402

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