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The Handy Civil War Answer Book (Handy Answer Books)by Samuel Willard Crompton.
Synopses & Reviews
Beginning with the economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict, continuing to the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the military strategies, battles, and people, and following Lee's surrender at Appomattox to the reconstruction and modern aftermath, The Handy Civil War Answer Book is a captivating, concise, and convenient history of American's defining conflict.
From the biggest events and battles to the lesser known warriors and women, The Handy Civil War Answer Book presents the war, its participants, and historical significance in an accessible, enjoyable, question-and-answer format. The strategies of Lee, Sherman, and Grant; the key battles, including Gettysburg, Chattanooga, and Chancellorsville; the weapons, the prices of everything from a bale of cotton to a box of ashes; and the fascinating stories of the women, children, and soldiers affected by the carnage are explained and explored. Photos, battlefield maps, and a chronology of major events contribute to the understanding of the War between the States.
The Handy Civil War Answer Book answers over 900 questions, from the mostly widely asked to the more obscure, such as:
How did the Mexican War influence Americans of the 1850s?
How many people had their minds changed by Uncle Tomand#8217;s Cabin?
Did Jefferson Davis really mean it--was he sincere--when he used words like "liberty" and "freedomand#8221;?
What did people mean when they said Lincoln had the style of a buffoon and the and#147;brain of a giantand#8221;?
What was Robert E. Leeand#8217;s connection to George Washington?
How does Lincolnand#8217;s 1860 election stack up when compared to other major election races?
What is nullification? What is secession? How closely are they linked?
Was there any technical or technological area in which the South held an advantage?
How could General Ambrose Burnside have made such a calamitous error at the Battle of Fredericksburg?
Who were the first black soldiers in the Civil War?
What was so important about the Homestead Act?
Was there any precedent for the Siege of Vicksburg?
Who was Junius Brutus Booth?
Would North and South have been reconciled if Lincoln were not assassinated?
What was, or is, the Solid South?
What happened to the centennial celebrations of the Civil War?
Battles, Blood, Honor, and Heroism
The nationand#8217;s highest-casualty, bloodiest war is still discussed, studied, and acted out. It continues to affect the political boundaries of today. From the economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict, through the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the military strategies, battles, and people, and from Leeand#8217;s surrender at Appomattox to the Southern reconstruction and modern aftermath, The Handy Civil War Answer Book is a captivating, concise, and convenient history of Americaand#8217;s defining conflict.
The complex, turbulent, and difficult events leading to the war are explained. The genius and folly of Union and Confederate generals, major battles, and the experiences of lesser-known soldiers and civilians are examined. Blending historical review with a little surprising trivia into an engaging question-and-answer format, it is perfect for browsing and answers more than 900 questions, including and#133;
andbull; How did the Mexicanand#150;American War influence 1850s America?
andbull; What was Robert E. Leeand#8217;s connection to George Washington?
andbull; What was so important about the Homestead Act?
andbull; Would North and South have been reconciled if Lincoln had not been assassinated?
andbull; What became of Generals Grant and Lee after the war?
About the Author
Samuel Willard Crompton has taught history to a generation of community college students, bridging the gap between the late analog and the early digital age. He is the author or editor of many books, including one on Ulysses Grant and another on Clara Barton. He was chosen to attend "The Civil War in Trans-National Perspective," an NEH summer program hosted by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and NYU. One of the key questions the NEH scholars concentrated on was "Who won the Civil War?" While it is quite apparent that as of 1865 the twin causes of Union and Emancipation had prevailed, one can be forgiven for thinking otherwise when examining the South in, say, 1895. Crompton is also a major contributor to the 24-volume American National Biography, which is expected to stand as the premier American biographical reference for the next 50 years. He resides in Hadley, Massachusetts, where, when taking afternoon walks, he often passes a white stone by the side of the road that announces the birthplace of "Fighting Joe" Hooker.
Table of Contents
Cast of Characters
1 The Road to Harpers Ferry
2 Election and Secession
3 First Blood
4 A Rich Manand#8217;s War and a Poor Manand#8217;s Fight
5 Crimson Tide
6 The Home Front
7 Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Battery Wagner
8 Battles for the West
9 Total War
10 The Final Struggles
11 Elegies and Eulogies
12 The Civil War in the National Memory
Appendix A: Jefferson Davis First Inaugural Address, February 18, 1861
Appendix B: Abraham Lincolns First Inaugural Address,, March 4, 1861
Appendix C: The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863
Appendix D: The Gettysburg Address, November 23, 1863
Appendix E: Lincolnand#8217;s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
Appendix F: Appendix F: Jefferson Davis conversation with Gilmore and Jaquess, July 17, 1864
Appendix G: Conversation between Secretary of War Stanton and Major General William T. Sherman, January 12, 1865
Appendix H: The Thirteenth Amendment
Appendix I: Union Regiments that Suffered the Highest Percentage of Total Casualties
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