Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War

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Open Court Publishing, 1996 - History - 421 pages
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Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men is an exciting narrative history offering fresh insights into many aspects of the Civil War.

"This is a lucid, edifying account of the Civil War era. Mr. Hummel has an impressive command of the relevant contemporary literature. His interpretations are thoughtful, often provocative, always well worth considering, Civil War buffs will want this book on their shelves." -- Kenneth M. Stampp University of California, Berkeley

"Hummel presents some uncomfortable truths for both sides of the Civil War. For the South, Hummel builds a case that the war was indeed about slavery. For the North, he shows that a war to preserve the union was morally bankrupt and that freeing the slaves was the only justifiable reason for fighting. Yet Hummel demonstrates that even a war for such a noble cause was probably unnecessary, since slavery was politically doomed in an independent South. Hummel also illustrates some of the cost of the war, such as Lincoln g suppression of political opposition, the closing of dissenting newspapers, and the creation of big government under Republicans Lincoln, Johnson, and Grant." -- Library Journal

"In this insightful treatment of the Civil War (addressing the causes, the war itself and Reconstruction), Hummel's text argues against the thesis that armed confrontation was inevitable. With its insight)d analysis (not to mention the extensive bibliographical essays that elaborate each chapter), Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men will supply both the academic and Civil War buff with an added perspective on the causes and consequences of the Civil War." -- Publishers Weekly

  

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Contents

Slavery and States Rights in the Early Republic
9
Bibliographical Essay
30
The Political Economy of Slavery and Secession
37
Bibliographical Essay
61
The Slave Power Seeks Foreign Conquest
76
Bibliographical Essay
99
Emergence of the Republican Party
105
The Confederate States of America
129
The War to Abolish Slavery?
204
Republican NeoMercantilism versus
221
Union Finance Confederate Finance Economic Mobilization in
235
Dissent and DisaffectionNorth and South
248
American Society Transformed
313
Americas Turning Point
349
Notes
366
Index
389

Mobilizing for Conflict
156
The Military Struggle
177

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