Description : Gathers original sources, including newspaper editorials, speeches, and documents, and shares comments by historians on the period
Description : Examines the sectional rivalries that surfaced in the early 19th century and intensified in the decades leading up to the war.
Description : "The causes of the Civil War brings into sharp focus the major issues, real or imaginied, that divided northerners and southerners in a disastrous national crisis. Juxtaposing articles and speeches by men who lived through the struggle with the interpretations of post-Civil War historians, Kenneth M. Stampp brings face to face spokesmen for the major schools of thought. Was slavery the determinig cause? Can the blame be laid either to 'Black Republican' agitation or to the ruthless machinations of a 'Slave Power' conspiracy? Was the war an 'irrepressible conflict' between an agrarian South and an industrialized North? This volume provides no answers. Rather, the readings--including several new selections--reveal the uncertainty about the war's causes that has repeatedly driven historians back to the sources. They help us to enlarge our knowledge and deepen our understanding of the differences that set brother against brother."--Page 4 of cover.
Description : "Explains the causes of the American Civil War, including legislative efforts to prevent the conflict, and the rising sectional tensions during the 1850s that ultimately led to rebellion by the Southern states"--Provided by publisher.
Description : "Embracing an argument-based model for teaching history, Debating American History encourages students to participate in a contested, evidence-based discourse about the human past. The series rejects the idea of history as an undisputed narrative and instead presents the past as understood through the direct engagement with historical evidence. Each book poses a question that historians debate--How democratic was the U.S. constitution? or Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861?--and provides abundant primary sources so that students can make their own efforts at interpreting the evidence. They can then use that analysis to construct answers to the key question that frames the debate and argue in support of their position. Through this process, students develop the dispositions and habits of mind that are central to the discipline of history. The Causes of the Civil War asks the question, "Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861?""--Provided by publisher.
Description : Highlights the causes of the Civil War, including economic issues, land in the West, and slavery, and discusses key figures.
Description : Nineteenthand twentieth-century historians and politicians reveal their opinions on the inevitability, moral and material forces, and origins of the American Civil War