Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States

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Adam Arenson, Andrew R. Graybill
Univ of California Press, Mar 7, 2015 - History - 321 pages
This innovative study presents a new, integrated view of the Civil War and Reconstruction and the history of the western United States.

Award-winning historians such as Steven Hahn, Martha Sandweiss, William Deverell, Virginia Scharff, and Stephen Kantrowitz offer original essays on lives, choices, and legacies in the American West, discussing the consequences for American Indian nations, the link between Reconstruction and suffrage movements, and cross-border interactions with Canada and Mexico.

In the West, Civil War battlefields and Civil War politics engaged a wide range of ethnic and racial distinctions, raising questions that would arise only later in places farther east. Histories of Reconstruction in the South ignore the connections to previous occupation efforts and citizenship debates in the West. The stories contained in this volume complicate our understanding of the paths from slavery to freedom for white as well as non-white Americans.

By placing the histories of the American West and the Civil War and Reconstruction period within one sustained conversation, this volume expands the limits of both by emphasizing how struggles over land, labor, sovereignty, and citizenship shaped the U.S. nation-state in this tumultuous era. This volume highlights significant moments and common concerns of this continuous conflict, as it stretched across the continent and throughout the nineteenth century.

Publishing on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, this collection brings eminent historians into conversation, looking at the Civil War from several Western perspectives, and delivers a refreshingly disorienting view intended for scholars, general readers, and students.

Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Part
13
Confederate Manifest Destiny
33
KansasMissouri Borderlands
71
Part
93
Governing Confederate Mexican
118
Soldier and Surgeon in the PostCivil
139
Reconstruction Comes
158
Part Three
179
Conflict Contingency and
202
The Meaning
224
Reconstruction HoChunk Persistence
242
Epilogue
265
Acknowledgments
275
Contributor Affiliations
307
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