Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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I think this is an ambitious topic for a Kindle Single, because any attempt to briefly explain the causes for the civil war will inevitably leave a few loose ends. No fault of the author, it's just a lot to cover. Readers who are predisposed to disagree with his thesis will pounce on these dangling threads and pick away at his conclusions. Even objective readers may find themselves wondering about bits that don't seem to fit. For example, why were so many rebels willing to fight and die to preserve slavery, even though a great number owned neither plantations nor slaves? And why were so many Unionists willing to give their all to preserve union with a region that embraced slavery?
Historians have given us thoughtful, compelling answers to these kinds of questions, but it generally takes them a lot more than 26 pages to do it. Kindle Singles are described as, "Compelling ideas at their natural length." I'd agree that this topic is compelling, especially as we arrive at the 150-year anniversary of the start of military action in the civil war, but its "natural length" seems much longer.
So if you're trying to decide whether this single is for you, I'd suggest you might consider it an appetizer. If you've read a lot about the civil war, you'll enjoy this well-written synopsis of the run-up to the conflict and its aftermath. If this period of history is new to you, then you'll probably be amazed by this account and may want to follow it with other books about this turning point in US history.
This isn't a scholarly book, and it's not meant to be. It's a brief survey of the topic. There are no footnotes, endnotes, or other such citations. What the author does is make a cogent argument that the Civil War was centered on the issue of slavery, and that the American education system and popular culture (although not academia) has gotten away from that basic truth.
In a longer work, the author might have addressed the multiple sources (e.g., newspapers, North and South, and the Congressional record) that back up his argument. Because this is only a brief survey, the author quotes other experts extensively.
If someone wants to get a really good look at the cause of the Civil War that is a longer version of this one, I would point them to McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom", which the author also references.
dilemmas of our Founding Forefathers and lack of political will combined with greed and plain racism to make this ugly event necessary. But have we actually learned its lessons? Reading this will help you wrap your head around it all. Nobody is innocent here, and we each need our own piece of humble pie, but its root causes still remain to haunt us today. Sad truths about a lesson still unlearned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It makes me angry. I think the author is trying to rewrite history at the same time complaining that others are trying to rewrite history.Published 6 months ago by pek256
Superficial and one sided treatment of a very complex subject.Published 8 months ago by Steven M. Mondul
Interesting review of history. Learned a few things. Was reminded of things I forgot.Published 10 months ago by Bob48420
The support for the reasons behind the civil war and the clarity concerning the rewriting of history was impactful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leigh Harrison
A very good short regarding the underlying reasons for the Civil War. I read it with interest, and I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B767Captain
Thought I was well educated on when the "war really started" until I read this. Fascinating....Should be read by all high school students.Published 12 months ago by Dennis P. Iavarone
Concise and well thought out. I feel he has centered the reasons for the Civil War with compelling evidence.Published 17 months ago by Jeremy Russell
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