What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

by Edward L. Ayers


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What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History by Edward L. Ayers

“An extremely good writer, [Ayers] is well worth reading . . . on the South and Southern history.”—Stephen Sears, Boston Globe
The Southern past has proven to be fertile ground for great works of history. Peculiarities of tragic proportions—a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom, secession and Civil War tearing at a federal Union, deep poverty persisting in a nation of fast-paced development—have fed the imaginations of some of our most accomplished historians.
Foremost in their ranks today is Edward L. Ayers, author of the award-winning and ongoing study of the Civil War in the heart of America, the Valley of the Shadow Project. In wide-ranging essays on the Civil War, the New South, and the twentieth-century South, Ayers turns over the rich soil of Southern life to explore the sources of the nation's and his own history. The title essay, original here, distills his vast research and offers a fresh perspective on the nation's central historical event.

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ISBN-13: 9780393328530
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,002,830
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edward L. Ayers’s The Thin Light of Freedom completes his prize-winning history of the Civil War and its aftermath in the Great Valley that began with In the Presence of Mine Enemies. Ayers’ superb history has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Avery O. Craven Award of the Organization of American Historians. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, Ayers is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus of the University of Richmond.

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What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ayers is THE leading historian of the South. Speaking as someone with multiple degrees in American history, Ayer's work should be a requirement in any serious academic study of the Civil War.
DannyfromTupelo More than 1 year ago
As a civil war buff from the south I'm always picking up a new book that catches my attention. I thought this book may really be on the "causes" of the civil war rather than on the "X" and "O's" of battle.

Unfortunately I was severely dissappointed. Almost none of the book centered around the causes of the war, either perceived or actual. Like a few authors before him, Ayers turns very quickly in the book to demeaning the south and it's intellect, heritage, and differences with the almighty can do no wrong industrialized north.

He also spends way too long puffing out his and C. Vann Woodward's chest's as awesome historians. While I am educated and can understand all the three dollar words in the book, I was tempted to skip pages due to all the pomposity in the book.

Please skip this book.

Danny Littleton
Tupelo, MS