Woodworth, Steven E.

Cultures in conflict--the American Civil War / American Civil War Steven E. Woodworth. - Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000. - xx, 220 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. - The Greenwood Press cultures in conflict series, 1526-0690 . - Greenwood Press cultures in conflict series. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Preface -- Civil war timeline -- Key events, 1860-1865 -- Fiery trial -- Civil war in historical perspective: Brief historical overview of the civil war -- American ways of life, north and south -- Documents: North and south prepare for conflict -- Early exuberance gives way to steady determination -- Warring sections persevere through weary months of struggle -- War's concluding phases bring triumph and sorrow -- Reflecting: Ideas for exploration -- Suggestions for further reading -- Index.

"The American Civil War was primarily a conflict of cultures, and slavery was the largest single cultural factor separating North and South. This collection of carefully selected memoirs, diaries, letters, and reminiscences of ordinary Northerners and Southerners who experienced the war as soldiers or civilians brings to life the conflict in culture, principles, attitudes, hopes, courage, and suffering of both sides. Woodworth, a Civil War historian, has selected a wide variety of moving first-person accounts. Each account tells a story of a life and reveals the attitudes of ordinary people and the real conditions of war - both in the field and on the homefront."--BOOK JACKET.

0313306516 (alk. paper) 9780313306518 (alk. paper)


Culture conflict--History--United States--19th century--Sources.

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Social aspects.--Civil War, 1861-1865

E464 / .W66 2000