Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina
Planters of S.C. went from a prosperous life to a world of economic distress, guilt over slavery, and apprehension of slave rebellion. Details of how this led the political leaders to states rights doctrines

American Civil War Documents

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Political Culture and Secession in Mississippi: Masculinity, Honor, and the Antiparty Tradition, 1830-1860
A rich new perspective on the events leading up to the Civil War and will prove an invaluable tool for understanding the central crisis in American politics.
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The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government
Whether we agree with Jefferson Davis or not, knowledge of his point of view is essential to understanding the causes of the Civil War. The forward by McPherson helps to give balance and explanation.

  American Civil War Exhibits
Civil War Timeline
Women in the War
State Battle Maps
Civil War Summary
Civil War Cooking
Civil War Submarines
Kids Zone Gettysburg
Kids Zone Underground Railroad

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The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance
in American Law and Politics

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979. On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the Supreme Court's decision against Dred Scott

A House Divided: The Antebellum Slavery Debates in America, 1776-1865
An excellent overview of the antebellum slavery debate and its key issues and participants. The most important abolitionist and proslavery documents written in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War
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Bye Bye Ms American Empire

Bye Bye Ms. American Empire --
Can We Talk About Seccession Now?

It's been almost a century and a half since a critical mass of Americans believed that secession was an American birthright. But breakaway movements large and small are rising up across the nation. Book Review
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The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America
Go behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, the high-level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis.

Reconstruction after the Civil War
Chicago History of US Civilization

Praised for cutting through the controversial scholarship and popular myths of the time to provide an accurate account of the role of former slaves during this period in American history
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Nothing but Freedom
Emancipation and Its Legacy

Insights into the relatively neglected debates over fencing laws and hunting and fishing rights in the postemancipation South, and into the solidarity of the low-country black community
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Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860
An analysis of all aspects and particularly of the commercialism of black slaveowning debunks the myth that black slaveholding was a benevolent institution based on kinship, and explains the transition of black masters from slavery to paid labor.
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The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
Zarefsky analyzes the rhetoric of the speeches, showing how Lincoln and Douglas chose their arguments and initiated a debate that shook the nation. Their eloquent, statesmanlike discussion of the morality of slavery illustrates the masterful use of rhetorical strategies and tactics in the public forum: a form of discourse that has nearly disappeared from the political scene today
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Blood on the Moon:
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The definative book on the Lincoln Assassination, and the escape of John Wilkes Booth. not only does the author give a clear and concise accounting, he takes us out of the vacuum and explains the minute details of the very knotted relationships between the conspirators, and the links of the Confederate underground to Canada and back.
Constitution Stretched Canvas Print
14 in. x 16 in.
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Library of Congress
National Park Service
University of Kansas

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