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Attention is paid to the social aspects of the war and includes a presentation of what was happening on the home front while the war was going on. While This Terrible War maintains a clear chronological foundation, it is also concerned with developing the important themes that are necessary for a true understanding of the war and its aftermath.
Prologue to Civil War: John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry
Chapter 1: Commonalities and Conflict: Slavery and the American Republic
Chapter 2: Political Collapse: 1848-1860
Chapter 3: Southerners Secede and Amateurs Go to War: December 1860-December 1861
Chapter 4: Discovering the Scope of the War: 1861-1862
Chapter 5: Reckoning with Slavery, Reckoning with Freedom
Chapter 6: Attack and Die: November 1862-January 1863
Chapter 7: The Other War
Chapter 8: An Inconclusive Year: 1863
Chapter 9: A War of Exhaustion: 1864-1865
Chapter 10: Mixed Messages from the Victors: Northern Politics and Southern Reconstruction: 1863-1868
Chapter 11: White and Black Reconstruction in the South: 1865-1872
Chapter 12: Destroying Reconstruction
Epilogue: Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War Era
The Compromise of 1850.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act, May 30, 1854.
Stephen A. Douglas: Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
Dred Scot v. Stanford.
Abraham Lincoln's A “House Divided” Speech.
John Brown's Last Speech.
The Politics Platforms of 1860.
South Carolina's Ordinance of Secession and Declaration of Causes of Secession.
Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address.
Jefferson Davis' Inaugural Address.
Speech by Confederate Vice President, Alexander H. Stephens.
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America.
General Benjamin F. Butler and General John C. Fremont on Slaves.
The Emancipation Proclamation.
The Gettysburg Address.
The Republican and Democratic Electoral Platforms of 1864, and George B. McClellan's Acceptance Letter.
William T. Sherman on the Inner Meaning of War.
The Farewell Messages of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.
The Wade-Davis Bill; Lincoln's Response; and the Wade-Davis Manifesto.
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.
Andrew Johnson's Amnesty Proclamation.
Black Code of Mississippi.
The Constitution of the United States: The Reconstruction Amendments.
Plessy v. Ferguson.