In summary, this is one of the top 5 books I've read on the American Civil War.
From that perspective, it's easy to see how the Union soldier could fight to eliminate the very thing that threatened the new government--slavery.
It obviously took a great deal of research using diaries, letters and newspapers.
If you ever wanted to know why the Civil War got started this book explains it. Sorry southern states, your claim that it was about heritage is wrong. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Peitsinovski
Absolutely fantastic book
Nice use of source materials including the unit newspapers
If you enjoy reading about the Civil War this is a book you just have to read
As a serious student of the issue of slavery, especially with regards to American history, whenever I find a book that deals thoughtfully about this subject with an examination of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nathan Albright
Chandra Manning's What This Cruel War Was Over is a unique and valuable account of slavery's role in the Civil War. Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. Gaia
This book allowed me to better understand what motivated non-slave owning Confederate soldiers to continue fighting as long as they did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kennca
I had to purchase this book as a requirement for a History class I was taking. Out of all the other books we had to read, this was my least favorite. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah Miller
Eye opener. Finally lets white people realize the truth of the Civil War in plain terms. Praise this book! Must read!Published 17 months ago by aggc
Having read many fine historical accounts of the Civil War, I recognize that many of Channing's points are reinforced by other works. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sally V
I encourage reading and evaluating various points of view and i agree with the overall premise about the cause of the war but feel like the interpretation of the facts was focused... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cecile Robinson Herman