Civil War America: Making a Nation, 1848-1877

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Routledge, 2014 M06 6 - 402 pages
The American Civil War was without doubt the defining event in the history of the United States. This up-to-date analyisis of a critical period goes beyond the origins, course and consequences of the Civil War to bring in other important themes such as racial conflict, gender relations, religion, the popular memory and state formation.

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Contents

Prologue Independence Day 1854
1
The Antebellum Republic
5
The Politics of Slavery Expansion 184852
42
3 Political Crises of the 1850s
73
Secession and Civil War
114
The Quest for Southern Independence
158
The Union in Wartime
191
The Struggle over Reconstruction 186576
229
The Far West in the MidNineteenth Century
269
9 Reform Reaction and Reunion at the Dawn of the Gilded Age
302
The United States in the Era of Civil War
339
Select Bibliography
343
Index
351
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Robert Cook is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of a number of books on American history including Sweet Land of Liberty? The African-American Struggle for Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century (Longman)

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