A House Divided

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Pub. Date: 1988-03-01
Publisher(s): Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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What caused the Civil War? A House Divided presents a fresh and balanced interpretation that challenges the view of slavery as a largely artificial or symbolic issue in the conflict between two incompatible societies. This book traces the growth of bitter sectional discord in the years after 1848, when the acquisition of new American territories rekindled old controversies over the expansion of slavery. A series of compromises forestalled the crisis of secession but increasingly divided the country along slavery's lines.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
The American People at Mid-Century
The Legacy of the Mexican War
``A Hell of a Storm''
``And the War Came''
Call to Arms
The War at Home
The Blue and the Gray
The Destruction of Slavery
Looking Ahead: Wartime Reconstruction
Bibliographical Essay 197(18)
Index 215

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