The Civil War: Primary Documents on Events from 1860 to 1865

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 320 páginas

Read how the most pressing issues of the Civil War were argued over, shaped, and regarded by Americans north and south. News articles, editorials, and cartoons from the time offer a range of contentious and impassioned opinions and reports on the crucial events that precipitated, sustained, and eventually concluded this vital chapter in American history and politics. A startling mosaic of sentiment - often conflicting, always partisan, and much of it noble - emerges from the din of journalistic campaigning waged over the battle for public opinion on both sides of the Mason - Dixon line. Topical chapters offer multiple annotated documents related to twenty-four crucial topics and events occurring and debated during the War Between the States. Questions designed to stimulate written and oral discussions conclude each chapter. A full index and bibliography conclude the work.

Beginning with Lincoln's election in 1860 and concluding with his assassination in 1865, The Civil War offers clear examples of a wide range of opinion about the military matters like the draft, the preparation for war, arming slaves, and the impact of the battles of Bull Run, Gettysburg, and Sherman's March to the Sea. Political issues are strongly represented as editorials and articles reacting to the southern states' secession, civil liberties and elections in the Union and the Confederacy are presented in equal measure. A strong and valuable resource for students and researchers of this pivotal period of American history.

 

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Newspapers in Civil War America
1
Lincoln Elected President 1860
13
Southern States Secede 186061
35
Confederacy Takes Shape 1861
51
Attack on Fort Sumter 1861
61
Preparing for War 1861
73
Battle of First Bull Run 1861
87
Trent Affair 1861
97
Peace Movements 186165
185
Black Soldiers 186165
197
Battle of Gettysburg 1863
211
Military Draft 186264
225
Georgia Campaign 1864
241
Presidential Election 1864
253
Arming the Slaves 186165
269
Hampton Roads Peace Conference 1865
283

West Virginia Becomes a State 186163
107
Emancipation Proclamation 186165
121
McClellan Controversy 186162
137
Midterm Elections 1862
147
Diplomacy 186165
161
Prisoners of War 186165
173
Confederacy Surrenders 1865
293
President Lincoln Assassinated 1865
303
Selected Bibliography
313
Index
315
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Página 1 - My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.

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FORD RISLEY associate professor of communications and head of the Department of Journalism at Penn State. He is the author of articles on the antebellum and Civil War press and published in American Journalism, Civil War History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and Jounralism History.

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