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The Civil War Era: An Anthology of Sources

Lyde Cullen-Sizer (Editor), Jim Cullen (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0690-0
464 pages
January 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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There is an extraordinary range of material in this anthology, from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address to a contemporary account of a visit from the Ku Klux Klan. The primary sources reproduced are both visual and written, and the secondary materials present a remarkable breadth and quality of relevant scholarship.
  • Contains an extensive selection of writings and illustrations on the American Civil War
  • Reflects society and culture as well as the politics and key battles of the Civil War
  • Reproduces and links primary and secondary sources to encourage exploration of the material
  • Includes editorial introductions and study questions to aid understanding
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    Acknowledgments.

    Introduction: The American Civil War in the Twenty-First Century.

    A Civil War Chronology.

    PART I: THE IMPENDING CRISIS.

    Essays (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    1 “A House Divided” by Bruce Catton (1960).

    2 “The Divided South, Democracy’s Limitations, and the Causes of the Peculiarly North American Civil War” by William W. Freehling (1997).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    3 John Calhoun, speech on the Compromise of 1850.

    4 Chapter 1, “In Which the Reader is Introduced to a Man of Humanity” from Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harried Beecher Stowe (1851).

    5 Louisa S. McCord, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1853).

    6 Escaped slave advertisements from The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1853).

    PART II: JUSTIFYING THE WAR.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    7 “The Spirit of ’61,” by George Fredrickson (1965).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    8 Alexander Stephens, “The Confederate Cornerstone” (1861).

    9 Keziah Goodwyn Hopkins Brevard, Diary entry, (1860).

    10 The North Carolina Standard, “Disunion for Existing Causes,” editorial, (1860).

    11 Alexander Stephens, A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States (1868).

    III. THE BATTLE FRONT.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    12 ‘Dangled Over Hell’: The Trauma of the Civil War,” by Eric T. Dean, Jr. (1997).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    13 Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895).

    14 Wilbur Fisk, letter from the Peninsula Campaign, (1862).

    15 “J.C.R.,” “The Battle of Fredricksburg,” Charleston Daily Courier (1863).

    16 Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, a.k.a. Edwin R. Wakeman, Letter from the Red River (1864).

    PART IV: THE HOME FRONT.

    Essays (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    17 Reid Mitchell, “The War at Home” (1990).

    18 Jeanie Attie, “For the Boys in Blue: Organizing the U.S. Sanitary.

    Commission” (1998).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    19 Gertrude Clanton Thomas, diary entry (1864).

    20 Fannie Perry, letter to Norfleet Perry (1862).

    21 Abraham Lincoln, letter to Lydia Bixby (1864).

    PART V: WARTIME ECONOMIES.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    22 Industrial Workers and the Costs of War” by Philip Paludan (1989?).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    23 Wilbur J. Cash, The Mind of the South (1941).

    24 Mary Herrick, letter to Secretary of War William Stanton (1863).

    25 Corporal John H.P. Payne, Massachusetts 55th regiment, letter (1864).

    PART VI: SLAVERY DURING WARTIME.

    Essays (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    26 A Loss of Mastery,” by James L. Roark (1978).

    27 “‘Answering Bells is Played Out’: Slavery and the Civil War” by Tera Hunter (1999).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    28 Mary Chestnut, diary entry (1861).

    29 Sgt. George W. Hatton, letter from Wilson’s Landing, Virginia (1864).

    PART VII: EMANCIPATION.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    30 The Meaning of Freedom in the Age of Emancipation” by Eric Foner (1994).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    31 Lydia Maria Child, letter to Abraham Lincoln (1862).

    32 Abraham Lincoln, letter to Horace Greeley (1862).

    33 Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation (1862).

    34 Frederick Douglass, “Emancipation Proclaimed, Douglass’ Monthly (1862).

    35 Abraham Lincoln, Address at Gettysburg, (1863).

    36 Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural (1865).

    VIII. RESISTANCE.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    37 A Multiplicity of Grievances,” by Iver Bernstein.

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    38 Abraham Lincoln, “Opinion on the Draft” (1863).

    39 Adelaide Fowler, letter to Henry Fowler (1863).

    IX. WAR ON THE FRONTIER.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    40 The Way to Pea Ridge,” by Alvin Josephy, Jr.

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    41 St. Paul Pioneer Press, account of Sioux executions (1862).

    42 Mary Livermore, “Patriotic Iowa” (1888).

    X. WARTIME POLITICS.

    Essays (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    43 The Confederate South at High Tide,” by Emory Thomas (1979).

    44 “To Finish the Task: The Election of 1864,” by William Gienapp (2002).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    45 Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Chiefly About War Matters” (1862).

    46 “Work,” the Boston Evening Transcipt (1864).

    XI. GENDER BATTLES.

    Essays (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    47 What Shall We Do? Confederate Women Confront the Crisis,” by Drew Gilpin Faust (1999?).

    48 “When God Made Me I Wasn’t Much, But I’s a Man Now,” by Jim Cullen (1992).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    49 Benjamin Butler, General Order #28 (1862).

    50 Harriet Tubman, letter from Beaufort, South Carolina (1863).

    51 Louisa May Alcott, “Chapter One: Obtaining Supplies,” from Hospital Sketches (1863).

    XII. THE WRITTEN WAR.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    52 Popular Literary Culture in Wartime,” by Alice Fahs (2001).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    53 Walt Whitman, “The Great Army of the Sick” (1863).

    54 Walt Whitman, “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim” (1865?).

    55 Julia Ward Howe, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (1862).

    56 Rebecca Harding Davis, “John Lamar” (1862).

    XIII. VICTORY AND DEFEAT.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    57 The Same Holy Cause,” by James McPherson (1997).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    58 Sarah Morgan Dawson, diary entry (1865).

    59 Chaplain Garland H. White, letter from Richmond (1865).

    XIV. RECONSTRUCTION.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    60 ‘Privilege’ and ‘Protection’: Civil and Political Rights During Reconstruction,” by Laura F. Edwards (1997).

    Document Excerpts (with Headnotes and Questions):.

    61 Lydia Maria Child, letter to Sarah Shaw (1866).

    62 Margaret Mitchell on the Freedmens’ Bureau, from Gone with the Wind (1936).

    63 Thomas Dixon, “To the Reader,” from The Clansman (1904).

    64 Emeline Brumfield, account of a Ku Klux Kan visit (date?).

    XV. MEMORY.

    Essay (with Headnote and Questions):.

    65 Quarrel Forgotten or Revolution Remembered? Reunion and Race in the Memory of the Civil War, 1875-1913,” by David Blight (undated).

    Document Excerpt (with Headnote and Questions):.

    66 Frederick Douglass, “The United States Cannot Remain Half-Slave and Half-Free” (1883)

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    Lyde Cullen Sizer is Associate Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Political Work of American Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850-1872 (2000).





    Jim Cullen teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. He is the author of The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past (1995) and The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (2003), among other books. He is also the creator of a website, American History for Cynical Beginners: www.ecfs.org/projects/jcullen.
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    • Contains an extensive selection of writings and illustrations on the American Civil War

    • Reflects society and culture as well as politics and battles of the Civil War

    • Reproduces and links primary and secondary sources to encourage exploration of the material

    • Includes editorial introductions and study questions to aid understanding
    See More
    “This anthology of sources for the Civil War era is a well contextualized collection of documents and secondary sources. Highlighted sections ask thought-provoking questions, directing students’ attention and challenging them to come to grips with the complexities of this era. This book is an extraordinary contribution to teaching. It is the textbook that teachers dream of finding.” Orville Vernon Burton, University of Illinois

    "The pulling together of all this material into one coherent volume represents a considerable editorial achievement, and one that highlights not just the most recent scholarly approaches to Civil War but also some of the reasons for the subject's perennial fascination for students, academics and the public alike." Journal of American Studies

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