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The American Civil War : cultures in conflict /
Steven E. Woodworth.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
description
xx, 220 p. : ill.
ISBN
0313306516 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
isbn
0313306516 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3649580
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Steven E. Woodworth teaches history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-10-01:
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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'œThis informative book presents history at its best....a wonderful starting point for essays or classroom discussions.'' VOYA
"This informative book presents history at its best....a wonderful starting point for essays or classroom discussions."- VOYA
'œThis is the Civil War as it really was, not from the halls of power, but from the homes of those who did the fighting, the dying and of those who carried on.'' Star Banner
"This is the Civil War as it really was, not from the halls of power, but from the homes of those who did the fighting, the dying and of those who carried on."- Star Banner
"This book should appeal to a wide audience and will find a home in many undergraduate classrooms."- Journal of Southern History
"Highly recommended as being a broad-minded, fair-handed study of the forces shaping the war and the scars left behind in their wake,Cultures In Conflict is enhanced for both scholarship and the non-specialist general reader with appendixes offering the text of Ho Chi Minh's declaration of independence and his letter to President Harry S Truman."- MBR:Internet Bookwatch
'œ...skillfully written and edited and an excellent read for beginning students and general readers.'' Choice
'œ...often provocative....a useful addition to a Civil War course...'' Civil War History
"...often provocative....a useful addition to a Civil War course..."- Civil War History
'œ...its first-person accounts are excellent reminders that in the final analysis all history is a mosaic of each individual's experiences.'' American Reference Books Annual
"...its first-person accounts are excellent reminders that in the final analysis all history is a mosaic of each individual's experiences."- American Reference Books Annual
'œHighly recommended as being a broad-minded, fair-handed study of the forces shaping the war and the scars left behind in their wake,Cultures In Conflict is enhanced for both scholarship and the non-specialist general reader with appendixes offering the text of Ho Chi Minh's declaration of independence and his letter to President Harry S Truman.'' MBR:Internet Bookwatch
"...skillfully written and edited and an excellent read for beginning students and general readers."- Choice
"Steven E. Woodworth gets at the heart of the Civil War."- Civil War Times
'œSteven E. Woodworth gets at the heart of the Civil War.'' Civil War Times
'œThis book should appeal to a wide audience and will find a home in many undergraduate classrooms.'' Journal of Southern History
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Voice of Youth Advocates, February 2001
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Summaries
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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 of which tells a story of a life as well as the attitudes of ordinary people and the real conditions of war and homefront. Woodworth presents the war in the words of those who lived it. Contrasting selections will help the reader to see the war through the eyes of Northerners and Southerners as: soldiers prepare for war; women's lives change after the men go to war; soldiers on both sides experience the difficulties of camp life; sweethearts (the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln and her Confederate fiance) exchange heartfelt letters; a husband's letters and his wife's diary recount their love, his death in battle, and her deep loss, countered by her faith; soldiers and civilians recount the carnage of the war's devastating battles; and people on both sides reflect on the outcome of the war and its consequences to their way of life. The accounts contrast the writers' attitudes toward Northern and Southern society, the principles for which those societies stood, and the religious significance of the war. These accounts and the narrative discussion of the difference in culture will help readers to understand the Civil War as a conflict of cultures. Telling the story of the war as personal history makes the experience of the Civil War come alive for readers.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
A Civil War Timeline--Key Events, 1860-1865p. xv
The Fiery Trial--The Civil War in Historical Perspective
A Brief Historical Overview of the Civil Warp. 3
The American Ways of Life, North and Southp. 21
Documents
The North and South Prepare for Conflictp. 49
Early Exuberance Gives Way to Steady Determinationp. 69
The Warring Sections Persevere through Weary Months of Strugglep. 103
The War's Concluding Phases Bring Triumph and Sorrowp. 151
Reflecting
Ideas for Explorationp. 207
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 211
Indexp. 213
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