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The Civil War is one of the most defining eras of American history, and much has been written on every aspect of the war. The volume of material available is daunting, especially when a student is trying to grasp the overall themes of the period. Jonathan Wells has distilled the war down into understandable, easy-to-read sections, with plenty of maps and illustrations, to help make sense of the battles and social, political, and cultural changes of the era. Presented here is information on: * the home front * the battles, both in the East and the West * the status of slaves * women's role in the war and its aftermath * literature and public life * international aspects of the war * and much more! Students will also find helpful study aids on the companion website for the book. A House Divided provides a short, readable survey of the Civil War and the Reconstruction period afterward, focusing not only on the battles, but on how Americans lived during a time of great upheaval in the country's history, and what that legacy has meant to the country today.
Jonathan Daniel Wells is Associate Professor of History and History Department Chair at Temple University.
Chapter One: Sectionalism in the Early Republic Chapter Two: America in the 1850s Chapter Three: Secession Chapter Four: Early Battles of the War Chapter Five: Lincoln and Northern Politics Chapter Six: Battles, 1862-1863 Chapter Seven: Literary and Intellectual Life during the War Chapter Eight: Life in the South during the War Chapter Nine: Western Perspectives Chapter Ten: Battles, 1863-1864 Chapter Eleven: Home fronts Chapter Twelve: The War Ends, 1864-1865 Chapter Thirteen: Congressional Reconstruction Chapter Fourteen: Legacies
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