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A House Divided : The Civil War and Nineteenth-Century America

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Consolidating one of the most complex and multi-faceted eras in American History, this new edition of Jonathan Wells's A House Divided unifies the broad and varied scholarship on the American Civil War. Amassing a variety of research, this accessible and readable text introduces readers to both the war and the Reconstruction period, and how Americans lived during this time of great upheaval in the country's history. Designed for a variety of subjects and teaching styles, this text not only looks at the Civil War from a historical perspective, but also analyzes its ramifications on the United States and American identities through the present day. This second edition has been updated throughout, incorporating new scholarship from recent studies on the Civil War era, and includes additional photographs and maps (now incorporated throughout the text), updated bibliographies, and a supplementary companion website.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 380 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 25.4mm | 839g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 20 Line drawings, black and white; 50 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138956848
  • 9781138956841

Table of contents

Introduction: War: The Red Animal


Chapter One: Slavery and the Long-Term Roots of the Civil War


Chapter Two: The Sectional Crisis, 1830-1850


Chapter Three: The 1850s, Secession, and the Start of War


Chapter Four: The War Begins


Chapter Five: Organizing and Mobilizing War


Chapter Six: In the Grip of War


Chapter Seven: Turning Points


Chapter Eight: War on the Homefront


Chapter Nine: The Union Grinds toward Victory


Chapter Ten: Union Victory and African American Freedom


Chapter Eleven: Reconstruction Begins


Chapter Twelve: Collapse of Reconstruction


Chapter Thirteen: America in the Late Ninteenth-Century
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A House Divided offers students of the Civil War era a sweeping interpretation of the defining crisis of America's past that is readable and engaging from the first page to the last.




Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina, author of The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (2014).





Jonathan Wells' A House Divided expertly introduces readers to one of the most complex eras in American history. Wells's engaging, comprehensive, and balanced text, peopled with a broad range of actors, guides us through the changes and the continuities of the Civil War. He explains the causes, nature, and outcomes of the conflict with remarkable cogency, guiding readers through historians' debates, and rooting his story in the words and actions of the era's most important voices.











Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies, Louisiana State University





Jonathan Wells' textbook synthesis of the Civil War era succeeds in the difficult task of incorporating new research with traditional themes. As a consequence, students get a readable, state-of-the-art survey of the Civil War era in its full complexity.







Frank Towers, University of Calgary, author of Confederate Cities (2015)
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