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The Causes of the Civil War
Was the Civil War inevitable? What really caused it? Drawing on original sources--from Jefferson Davis to Frederick Douglass--and interpretive essays by today's most influential historians, this collection of essays gives a vivid sense of the political, economic, and cultural currents that swept the nation to war.
Paperback, Revised, 256 pages
Published January 15th 1992 by Touchstone
(first published January 1st 1965)
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An interesting collection of excerpts from primary and secondary sources related to the titular topic, organized by "category" of cause (slavery, economic sectionalism, etc.) - a sort of historical sampler, if you will. This is very much a scholarly resource, but can be difficult to read from start to finish even for educational purposes thanks to the somewhat repetitive nature of the excerpts in each "category". Additionally, the paperback edition is printed on very cheap acidic paper, which gu...more
Dec 31, 2012 Megatherium rated it 4 of 5 stars
This is a collection of abridgements of source documents and later periodical and magazine articles, all concerning the, duh, causes of the Civil War. Stampp seemed to be focused primarily on the most provocative writings from both "sides," antebellum and postbellum. Thus there's scarcely a mention of, say, Stephen Douglas, but we are blessed (ahem) with a screamingly funny discussion of the Southerner as an emerging being, the "Tropic Nordic," alas whose full flowering was never reached, cut do...more
This was not a history of the Civil War, but a collection of essays, articles, letters and other documents that range from personal communications written by Jefferson Davis and Abe Lincoln, to excerpts from historical works written as late as the 1970s. While the book is fairly balanced, I did have to read it in pieces, as one can only stomach so many 1860s speeches justifying slavery and negro subversion in one sitting. Mostly though, this collection just serves to reinforce the idea that the...more
A decent collection of primary and seconday sources about the causes of the war. I would view this book more as a reference book than a sit down and read cover to cover book because 87 collected essays, many of them repeat the arguments of other authors in this same book.