?The Civil War: Primary Documents on Events From 1860 to 1865 provides a cogent reminder that the opinions and attitudes surrounding the war between the states were much more complex and varied.... The main strength of the book lies in its reliance on primary sources. The selections demonstrate the broad range of opinions that circulated in communities large and small on both sides of the border. The editorials also offer vivid examples of the writing style of newspaper editorials in the mid-19th century. Far different from the more homogenized language used in newspapers today, the prose is often florid, sometimes eloquent and oratorical in its directness--or abusive and racist in tone. Finally, the selections offered in The Civil War constitute a rich documentary record of the thoughts and feelings--the structure of consciousness--that led men to war and kept them at it for five bloody years.?-American Journalism
Strong collection of annotated primary documents from the Civil War years present a wide range of opinions, North and South, on the major political and military controversies of the time.