Ordeal By Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-02
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Ordeal by Fireblends the most up-to-date scholarship with interpretations based on decades of teaching, research, and writing, to tell an important story--that of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Written by a leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, this text describes the social, economic, political, and ideological conflicts that led to a unique, tragic, and transitional event in American history. The fourth edition welcomes the addition of coauthor James Hogue of University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Hogue brings his Reconstruction expertise to the third section of the book, bringing more up-to-date scholarship and interpretations to the story of repairing a nation.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Setting of Conflict
The Coming of War
American Modernization, 1800-1860
The Antebellum South
The Ideological Conflict over Slavery
Texas, Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850
Filibusters, Fugitives, and Nativists
Kansas and the Rise of the Republican Party
The Deepening Crisis, 1857-1859
The Critical Year, 1859-1860
Secession and the Coming of War
The Civil War
A Brothers' War: The Upper South
Mobilizing for War
The Balance Sheet of War
The War at Home and Abroad
The Springtime of Northern Hope
Jackson and Lee Strike Back
Slavery and the War: Northern Politics, 1861-1862
The First Turning Point: Antietam and Emancipation
The Winter of Northern Discontent
The Second Turning Point: Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga
War Issues and Politics in 1863
Behind the Lines
Wartime Reconstruction and the Freedpeople
Military Stalemate, 1864
The Third Turning Point: The Election of 1864
The End of the Confederacy
The Problems of Peace
The Origins of "Radical Reconstruction"
Reconstruction and the Crisis of Impeachment
The First Grant Administration
The Making of the New Regime in the South, 1869-1872
Social and Economic Reconstruction
The Retreat from Reconstruction
The New South
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