What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

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W. W. Norton, Incorporated, Jul 25, 2006 - History - 222 pages
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The Southern past has proven to be fertile ground for great works of history. Peculiarities of tragic proportions—a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom, secession and Civil War tearing at a federal Union, deep poverty persisting in a nation of fast-paced development—have fed the imaginations of some of our most accomplished historians.

Foremost in their ranks today is Edward L. Ayers, author of the award-winning and ongoing study of the Civil War in the heart of America, the Valley of the Shadow Project. In wide-ranging essays on the Civil War, the New South, and the twentieth-century South, Ayers turns over the rich soil of Southern life to explore the sources of the nation's and his own history. The title essay, original here, distills his vast research and offers a fresh perspective on the nation's central historical event.

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WHAT CAUSED THE CIVIL WAR?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

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Essays by a Southern historian reflecting on what makes his region distinctive.Ayers (History/Univ. of Virginia; In the Presence of Mine Enemies, 2003) begins with an autobiographical essay about ... Read full review

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Edward L. Ayers is a leading historian of the Civil War and the author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies, winner of the Bancroft Prize. He is president emeritus of the University of Richmond.

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