By Jonathan Daniel Wells
The Civil warfare is among the such a lot defining eras of yank background, and lots more and plenty has been written on each point of the battle. the quantity of fabric to be had is daunting, specially while a scholar is attempting to know the final topics of the period.
Jonathan Wells has distilled the conflict down into comprehensible, easy-to-read sections, with lots of maps and illustrations, to assist make feel of the battles and social, political, and cultural adjustments of the period. provided this is info on:
- the domestic front
- the battles, either within the East and the West
- the prestige of slaves
- women’s position within the warfare and its aftermath
- literature and public life
- international points of the war
- and a lot more!
Students also will locate precious research aids at the better half site for the ebook. A apartment Divided offers a quick, readable survey of the Civil battle and the Reconstruction interval later on, focusing not just at the battles, yet on how americans lived in the course of a time of significant upheaval within the country’s historical past, and what that legacy has intended to the rustic today.
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As Jefferson would later famously remark, “we have the wolf [slavery] by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. com/cw/wells for additional study aids including chapter overviews, interactive quizzes, and more. Discussion Questions ■ ■ ■ ■ What were the long-term causes of the Civil War? How were sectional crises, such as the dispute over Missouri’s admission into the Union, resolved? In what ways were the antebellum North and South distinctive? In what ways were they similar?
Slaves and free African Americans were still unable to vote even in local elections, and women were confined to participating in campaign events without the ability to vote. Yet the 1840 campaign seemed to embody a livelier democracy that refused to set limits on its future. While other territorial concerns distracted American leaders, including disputes over the Oregon Territory, Texas emerged as the greatest source of controversy. Difficulties between Mexico and America over Texas dated to the early years of the 1800s, but in 1824 Mexico rendered a decision that would profoundly alter the controversy.
Mountain soil was not as rich as soil in the Lowcountry and cotton production not as ubiquitous. Smaller farms and plantations prevailed in the mountainous South and led to different social and economic characteristics. For example, in the mountains female slaves and their children were more often put to work, while male slaves might more often work in nonagricultural, skilled tasks such as blacksmithing. Even here, where the slave population was less dense than in the Lowcountry South, slaves were still able to form closely knit communities.