Access to History: the American Civil War: Causes, Courses and Consequences 1803-1877

Access to History: the American Civil War: Causes, Courses and Consequences 1803-1877

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By (author) Alan Farmer

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  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 14mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340965878
  • ISBN 13: 9780340965870
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 127,121

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Ensure your students have access to the authoritative and in-depth content of this popular and trusted A Level History series. For over twenty years Access to History has been providing students with reliable, engaging and accessible content on a wide range of topics. Each title in the series provides comprehensive coverage of different history topics on current AS and A2 level history specifications, alongside exam-style practice questions and tips to help students achieve their best. The series: - Ensures students gain a good understanding of the AS and A2 level history topics through an engaging, in-depth and up-to-date narrative, presented in an accessible way. - Aids revision of the key A level history topics and themes through frequent summary diagrams - Gives support with assessment, both through the books providing exam-style questions and tips for AQA, Edexcel and OCR A level history specifications and through FREE model answers with supporting commentary at Access to History online ( The American Civil War: Causes, Courses and Consequences 1803-1877 The book begins by focusing on the westward expansion in America and the problems this caused. It then goes on to look at the rise of the Republican Party and the 1860 presidential election. The causes of the Civil War are traced, as well as the major conflicts during the War, and the conclusion is extended to look both at the Union victory, and the reconstruction period that followed.

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Author information

Alan Farmer is a widely published academic on modern American, European and British history. He taught history to students of all ages for all his working life. He was Head of History at the University of Cumbria until retiring in 2006.

Table of contents

Dedication Introduction Chapter 1 - The USA in the Mid-nineteenth Century 1- The US Political System 2- US Social and Economical Development 3- Sectionalism 4- Slavery 5- Key Debate 6- Conclusion Study Guide Chapter 2 - The Problem of Western Expansion 1846-54 1- Missouri, Texas and Mexico 2- The Impact of the Mexican War 1846-50 3- The 1850 Compromise 4- North-South Problems 1850-3 5- The Problem of Kansas-Nebraska Study Guide Chapter 3 - The Rise of the Republican Party 1- The Collapse of the Second Party System 2- The Situation in Kansas 1854-6 3- The Emergence of the Republicans 4- The 1856 Presidential Election 5- The Presidency of James Buchanan 1857-8 6- The 1858 Congressional Elections 7- John Brown's Raid Study Guide Chapter 4 - The 1860 Election, Secession and Civil War 1- The 1860 Presidential Election 2- Secession 3- The Creation of the Confederacy 4- The Search for Compromise 5- The Problem of Fort Sumter 6- Key Debate Study Guide Chapter 5 - War on the Home and Foreign Fronts 1- The Confederate War Effort 2- The Economic and Social Impact of the War on the Confederacy 3- Confederate Opposition to the War 4- The Union War Effort 5- The Economic and Social Impact of the War on the Union 6- Union Opposition to the War 7- Britain and the Civil War Study Guide Chapter 6 - The War 1861-5 1- Union and Confederate Strengths 2- The Nature of the War 3- The Soldiers' Experience 4- The War in 1861-2 5- The War in 1863 6- Union Victory 1864-5 7- Key Debate Study Guide Chapter 7 - Reconstruction 1- The Emancipation of the Slaves 2- The African American War Effort 3- The Problem of Reconstruction 4- Reconstruction in the South 1867-77 5- The impact of the Civil War 6- Key Debate Study Guide Glossary Index