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By Jay Monaghan

The first section of the Civil conflict was once fought west of the Mississippi River no less than six years ahead of the assault on fortress Sumter. beginning with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, Jay Monaghan strains the improvement of the clash among the pro-slavery parts from Missouri and the recent England abolitionists who migrated to Kansas. "Bleeding Kansas" supplied a preview of the larger nationwide fight to come.

The writer permits a brand new examine Quantrill's sacking of Lawrence, equipped bushwhackery, and border battles that rate millions of lives. now not the least beneficial are chapters at the American Indians’ half within the clash. The checklist turns into devastatingly transparent: the scuffling with within the West used to be the most harsh and such a lot lifeless of the full affair, and if males of imaginative and prescient were in Washington within the 1850s it may possibly were avoided.

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