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By Louis P. Masur

100 and fifty years after the 1st pictures have been fired on fortress Sumter, the Civil battle nonetheless captures the yankee mind's eye, and its reverberations can nonetheless be felt all through America's social and political panorama.
Louis P. Masur's The Civil warfare: A Concise historical past bargains a masterful and eminently readable evaluation of the war's a number of factors and catastrophic results. Masur starts off via reading the advanced origins of the battle, concentrating on the pulsating tensions over states rights and slavery. The e-book then proceeds to hide, 12 months via yr, the key political, social, and army occasions, highlighting vital issues: how the warfare shifted from a restricted clash to revive the Union to an all-out battle that will essentially rework Southern society, and the method through which the conflict finally turned a conflict to abolish slavery. Masur explains how the struggle became what were a unfastened choice of fiercely self sufficient states right into a kingdom, remaking its political, cultural, and social associations. yet he additionally makes a speciality of the warriors themselves, either Union and accomplice, whose tales represent not anything under America's Iliad. within the ultimate bankruptcy Masur considers the aftermath of the South's hand over at Appomattox and the conflict over the rules of reconstruction that persisted to divide President and Congress, conservatives and radicals, Southerners and Northerners for years yet to come.
In 1873, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley wrote that the battle had "wrought so profoundly upon the complete nationwide personality that the impact can't be measured wanting or 3 generations." From the vantage of the war's sesquicentennial, this concise heritage of the full Civil struggle period bargains a useful advent to the dramatic occasions whose results are nonetheless felt this day.

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