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Cultures in conflict--the American Civil War / Steven E. Woodworth.

By: Woodworth, Steven E.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Greenwood Press cultures in conflict series: Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000Description: xx, 220 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0313306516 (alk. paper); 9780313306518 (alk. paper).Other title: American Civil War.Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | Culture conflict -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- SourcesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Cultures in conflict--the American Civil War.DDC classification: 973.7 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
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.
Review: "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.
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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.

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CHOICE Review

Fifty years ago, the views of so-called "revisionist" historians that the American Civil War had been a "needless war" caused by a "blundering generation" of 1850s politicos held sway in academic circles. Since then, less opinionated and more talented students of the war have created a scholarly consensus that the Civil War was primarily a struggle over the southern "peculiar institution" of Negro slavery and the conflicting cultures that evolved around the debate North and South. Thus, in a sense, this volume by Woodworth (Texas Christian Univ.) is essentially an exercise in proving the obvious and a rather lazy one at that, in that, apart from the two introductory chapters on the war and the cultures that caused it, the volume consists of edited primary material from combatants and those on the homefronts. Yet it is skillfully written and edited and an excellent read for beginning students and general readers. ; University of Minnesota--Duluth

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Steven E. Woodworth was born on January 28, 1961. He received a B.A. in history from Southern Illinois University in 1982 and a Ph.D. from Rice University in 1987. He is a professor of history at Texas Christian University and an expert on the Civil War. He has written a number of books on the topic including Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West, While God Is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers, Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee 1861-1865, Manifest Destinies: Westward Expansion and the Civil War, and This Great Struggle: America's Civil War. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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