Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand

Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand

by James M. McPherson
     
 


No event has transformed the United States more fundamentally--or been studied more exhaustively--than the Civil War. In Writing the Civil War, fourteen distinguished historians present a wide-ranging examination of the vast effort to chronicle the conflict--an undertaking that began with the remembrances of Civil War veterans and has become an increasingly… See more details below

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No event has transformed the United States more fundamentally--or been studied more exhaustively--than the Civil War. In Writing the Civil War, fourteen distinguished historians present a wide-ranging examination of the vast effort to chronicle the conflict--an undertaking that began with the remembrances of Civil War veterans and has become an increasingly prolific field of scholarship. Covering topics from battlefield operations to the impact of race and gender, this volume is an informative guide through the labyrinth of Civil War literature. The contributors provide authoritative and interpretive evaluations of the study and explication of the struggle that has been called the American Iliad.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570033896
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/02/2000
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
521,628
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Blueprint for Victory: Northern Strategy and Military Policy8
Rebellion and Conventional Warfare: Confederate Strategy and Military Policy36
Battlefield Tactics60
"Not the general but the soldier": The Study of Civil War Soldiers81
Abraham Lincoln vs. Jefferson Davis: Comparing Presidential Leadership in the Civil War96
An Elusive Synthesis: Northern Politics during the Civil War112
Beyond State Rights: The Shadowy World of Confederate Politics135
A Constitutional Crisis154
What Did the Winners Win? The Social and Economic History of the North during the Civil War174
Behind the Lines: Confederate Economy and Society201
"Ours as well as that of the men": Women and Gender in the Civil War228
Slavery and Freedom in the Civil War South241
Notes261
Contributors348
Index350

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