Turning Points—Actual and Alternate Histories: A House Divided During the Civil War Era

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Rodney P. Carlisle, J. Geoffrey Golson
ABC-CLIO, Feb 14, 2007 - History - 254 pages
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In colorful, readable prose, this volume provides a full history of the Civil WarÑincluding John Brown's raid; the story of the Confederate States of America; the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg; Sherman's March to the Sea; the Emancipation Proclamation; the Thirteenth Amendment; LincolnÕs assassination; Reconstruction; and Andrew JohnsonÕs impeachment.||But more importantly, it offers a range of essays on how events could have turned out differentlyÑmilitarily, politically, and culturally. It challenges students and general readers alike to remember that the course of history is not preordained. Instead, history is Òmade Ó in critical moments of decision by those who choose one course of action over another. Their choicesÑand the outcomes of those choicesÑcould easily have been different.
  

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Contents

1 John Browns Raid
1
2 Confederate States of America
19
3 First Battle of Bull Run
41
4 Battle of Antietam
57
5 Emancipation Proclamation
73
6 Battle of Gettysburg
89
7 Shermans March to the Sea
109
8 Lincoln Assassination
125
9 Thirteenth Amendment
143
10 Reconstruction
163
11 Johnsons Impeachment
185
Appendices
205
Chronology of the Civil War Era
225
Resources
235
Index
243
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About the author (2007)

Dr. Rodney P. Carlisle is a professor emeritus of Rutgers University. He received his AB degree from Harvard College and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He most recently served as general editor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and Right (2005) and authored The Iraq War (2004).

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