The wars over the War

stillness of heart

Courtesy of David D. Robbins Jr. Courtesy of David D. Robbins Jr.

Nine key books and articles taken together can explain what led to the first sparks of civil violence and how those sparks ignited what evolved into the bloodiest and most important war in U.S. history. A review essay by Fernando Ortiz Jr.


Works reviewed in this essay:

Alcott, Louisa May. Hospital Sketches. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2004.

Berlin, Ira. “Who Freed the Slaves? Emancipation and Its Meaning.” Union & Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1997.

Dew, Charles B. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2001.

Fleche, Andre. The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Gallagher, Gary W. The Union…

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2 thoughts on “The wars over the War

  1. Right up my street this one Sarah, as I have had a lifelong fascination with the US Civil War (among others…).
    Like many here in the UK, I had a lot of sympathy for the Confederate cause, and the spirit of secession. The war is usually held to be about the abolition of slavery, yet few of the fighters from the south owned anything to speak of, let alone a slave. As this article rightly says, it was about so much more, and still resonates in the USA to this day.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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