Integrates the political, social, military, and economic forces of the Civil War
Absorbing and accessible, This Terrible War : The Civil War and Its Aftermath deals with the American Civil War in a realistic and unromantic light, discussing the hard experiences of ordinary people and the uncertain decisions of military and political leaders. The title explores both the years leading up to the Civil War, and the war's aftermath in the North and the South. The discussion extends to 1896, reframing the period of the Civil War.
NOTE: This is the standalone book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Commonalities and Conflict: Slavery and the American Republic
Chapter 2: Political Collapse: 1848-1860
Chapter 3: Southerners Secede and Amateurs Go to War: December 1860-December 1861
Chapter 4: Discovering the Scope of the War: 1861-1862
Chapter 5: Reckoning with Slavery, Reckoning with Freedom
Chapter 6: Attack and Die: November 1862-January 1863
Chapter 7: The Other War
Chapter 8: An Inconclusive Year: 1863
Chapter 9: A War of Exhaustion: 1864-1865
Chapter 10: Mixed Messages from the Victors: Northern Politics and Southern Reconstruction: 1863-1868
Chapter 11: White and Black Reconstruction in the South: 1865-1872
Chapter 12: Destroying Reconstruction