A Companion To The Civil War And Reconstruction

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-27
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction is an extraordinary collection of 23 essays addressing the key topics and themes of the most divisive era in United States history. These original essays by top scholars in the field are organized chronologically into three parts: "Sectional Conflict and the Coming of the Civil War," "The Civil War and American Society," and "Reconstruction and the New Nation." Each essay is an interpretive summary of the key literature in the field, and places the topic in historical context. Contributors include bibliographies and suggest future directions of the historiography. This volume provides students, scholars, and informed general readers of Civil War and Reconstruction history with a valuable guide to their research and teaching.

Author Biography

Lacy Ford is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the recipient of many awards in American and Southern history including the 1999 NEH Fellowship Award and the Francis B. Simkins prize for his book Origins of Southern Radicalism (1988).

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors.

Introduction: A Civil War in the Age of Capital (Lacy K. Ford).

Part I: Sectional Conflict and the Coming of the Civil War.

1 Slavery and the Union, 1789–1833 (Douglas R. Egerton).

2 The Market Revolution (John Larson).

3 Slavery and the Old South (Larry Hudson).

4 Planters, Plain Folk, and Poor Whites in the Old South (Charles C. Bolton).

5 Humanitarian Reform and Antislavery (James B. Stewart).

6 Women in the Antebellum North (Teresa Murphy).

7 Women in the Old South (Michele Gillespie).

8 The Road to Secession (Michael Morrison).

9 The Republican Triumph (John Ashworth).

10 And the War Came (Daniel Crofts).

Part II: The Civil War and American Society.

11 Saving the Union (Kevin Gannon).

12 Civil War Military Campaigns: The Union (Carol Reardon).

13 Civil War Military Campaigns: The Confederacy (Steven Woodworth).

14 The Confederate Home Front (Mary DeCredico).

15 Emancipation (Joseph P. Reidy).

Part III: Reconstruction and the New Nation.

16 Defining Reconstruction (O. Vernon Burton, David Herr, and Matthew Cheney).

17 The Politics of Reconstruction (Michael Perman).

18 The Economics of Reconstruction (Peter A. Coclanis and Scott Marler).

19 Southern Labor and Reconstruction (R. Tracy McKenzie).

20 Northern Women during the Age of Emancipation (Nina Silber).

21 Southern Women during the Age of Emancipation (Jeannie Whayne).

22 The Legacy of Confederate Defeat (Gaines M. Foster).

23 Reconstruction and the Nation (Heather Richardson).



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