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The American Civil War, 1861-1865

1st Edition

By Reid Mitchell


162 pages

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Paperback: 9780582319738
pub: 2001-04-10
Hardback: 9781138130289
pub: 2015-10-12

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The American Civil War caused upheaval and massive private bereavement, but the years 1861-1865 also defined a great nation.

This book provides a concise introduction to events from the secession to the end of the war. It focuses on

  • the military progress of the war
  • Union and Confederate politics
  • social change - particularly the emancipation of North American slaves

The social history associated with the war is dealt with alongside the familiar military and political events. This inclusive approach allows the reader to consider equally the history of men and women, blacks and whites in the conflict. It deals with both the Union and the Confederacy, integrating the latest literature on the war and society into a clear account. The book concludes with an assessment of emancipation, the rebuilding of the economy, and the war's consequences.

An array of primary documents supports the text, together with a chronology, glossary and Who's Who guide to key figures.

About the Author

REID MITCHELL taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is the author of 'Civil War Soldiers'.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)