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1861 by Adam Goodheart
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Aug 02, 11

Read from June 14 to July 25, 2011

Good discussion of the critical events of the year 1861. I enjoyed the book but because it is a bit disjointed on the subjects, I rated it 3 stars. I did enjoy the author's discussion as to reasons for the north actually caring enough about the south's secession to agree to fight a war. This is attributed to several factors but primarily because 1861 related back to 1776. The declaration created a country from a colony - a fight by a people not represented in government and who had no representation in taxation, etc. The secession in 1861, on the other hand, required a south to break away from the rule of law. The constitution created a country with laws and covenants and had to be ripped apart and violated in order to secede. This act cut to the heart of the spirit of 1776 and caused the north to fight for the country that the forefathers died to create in 1776.

Certainly slavery was an issue at least for many abolitionists in the north; however, at the inception of the civil war, it was not the primary reason to fight. It wasnt until northern officers began to keep slave runaways as "contraband" did Lincoln administration begin to evolve policy to emancipate slaves and indeed make the declaration of independence applicable to black persons.

Overall pretty good book.
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