The Causes of the Civil War: The Political, Cultural, Economic and Territorial Dispute Between North and South
Author: Paul Calore
Paul Calore’s The Causes of the Civil War was written to “reduce the complex subject of sectionalism to its most fundamental form” and “to illustrate how the most troubling political, cultural, economic, and territorial issues of the times influenced the relations between the North and the South.” In mini-histories of some of the most troubling issues, the author looks at how the sides interacted and felt about each issue. Oddly, because the author is presenting a synopsis of popular events, he chose not to include footnotes in the book. Despite this curious omission, those new to the subject or who believe one single event or issue pushed America to the brink of war would do well to buy this book as a primer. A brief chronology at the back of the book places the events discussed into the book into a short timeline of events and issues leading to the Civil War.
About the Book
While South Carolina’s preemptive strike on Fort Sumter and Lincoln’s subsequent call to arms started the Civil War, South Carolina’s secession and Lincoln’s military actions were simply the last in a chain of events stretching as far back as the early 1750s. Increasing moral conflicts and political debates over slavery–exacerbated by the inequities inherent between an established agricultural society and a growing industrial one–led to a fierce sectionalism which manifested itself through cultural, economic, political and territorial disputes. This historical study reduces sectionalism to its most fundamental form, examining the underlying source of this antagonistic climate. From protective tariffs to the expansionist agenda, it illustrates the ways in which the foremost issues of the time influenced relations between the North and the South.
About the Author
Paul Calore was an operations branch chief with the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense before retiring. In addition to writing on the causes of the Civil War, he has written books about its naval and land campaigns. He is a supporting member of the U.S. Civil War Center and the Civil War Preservation Trust, and lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Visit his website at civilwarhistorybook.com.
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Release Date: March 6, 2008
Order Line: 800-253-2187
Other Info: 7 photos, 2 maps, chronology, bibliography, index 308 pp. softcover 2008