What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History (2020)

What Caused the Civil War Reflections on the South and Southern History The past of the American South with its peculiarities of tragic proportions a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom secession and Civil War tearing at the Union poverty persisting in a
  • Title: What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History
  • Author: Edward L. Ayers
  • ISBN: 9780393059472
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History
    The past of the American South, with its peculiarities of tragic proportions a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom, secession and Civil War tearing at the Union, poverty persisting in a nation of fast paced development is fertile ground for great works of history Here in wide ranging essays, today s foremost Southern historian turns over the rich soil of liThe past of the American South, with its peculiarities of tragic proportions a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom, secession and Civil War tearing at the Union, poverty persisting in a nation of fast paced development is fertile ground for great works of history Here in wide ranging essays, today s foremost Southern historian turns over the rich soil of life in the South.
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    1. This wonderful set of nine essays is just about as complete of a discussion of the South, the Civil War, Reconstruction, family, home, historical research and some practical applications of the lessons of the Civil War for us today as I have read.It seems to me that most of these essays have been published somewhere else first That being said, Ayers has arranged them in a rough chronological order based not on the historical topic of the essay but on Ayers s own life He starts with his own child [...]

    2. Coincidently, this is the second consecutive book I have read where the subtitle is accurate about the book s contents than the title Despite the Confederate soldier on the cover, this book actually has very little to do with the Civil War itself The essays are the author s thoughts and experiences with Southern history It argues the South is much complex than widely believed and typically portrayed, and the Civil War s causes are likewise complicated But the book is too light to feel like it [...]

    3. I got this book at Gettysburgi dont even think i spelled it ritoh wellyou learn alot in this book I bet some of my friends dont even belive i am reading thisi bet they think i dont even listen in Class

    4. Ayers is one of the most fair minded modern historians specializing in the South This slender collection contains several mediocre essays, a couple of trivial ones, and two that should be mandatory reading for everybody coming in contact with this period of history.The essential articles are Worrying About the Civil War and the title piece Ayers divides historians in this field into two basic camps the fundamentalists , who argue for an inevitable conflict resulting from the irreconcilability of [...]

    5. Informative, interesting and really easy to read maybe too easy to read I feel like a lot of the information flew right by me, however, I did read most of it while sleep deprived on a plane The best thing about it is the broad scope a great entry point to the topic which discusses and triangulates much of the influential texts already written on the New South and Civil War It contextualises a lot of what the world understands of the South in popular culture and literature helpful if you want to [...]

    6. A collection of essays reflecting on themes related to the American Civil War and Southern History Overall, a good read, but important to understand going in that it is a collection of essays, not a single unified historical treatment of the causes of the American Civil War.

    7. What Caused the Civil War by Edward L Ayers is about his personal experiences of growing up in the American South and being influenced by its culture, traditions, and values It also has much to do with the history of the south and events that would be causes of the Civil war The book, however, does not specifically address the question, What caused the Civil war , directly The introduction of the book is mainly about his accounts of growing up in the south and the latter portion is historical a [...]

    8. While there were certainly good essays chapters in this book, there were at least two that failed to both capture my attention and answer the question, What caused the Civil War One high note included the mention of counterfactual history questions, e.g What would the U.S look like if the North had overwhelmed the South in 1862 The point being the North was not yet fighting to end slavery, and was merely attempting to preserve the Union Overall, I found the book to be too thin on deep analysis o [...]

    9. After dropping off the kid at college and listening to the university President, the author, speak, I was inspired to read one of his books After perusing this one in the University of Richmond campus bookstore, I was immediately hooked I wondered how my history teachers managed to make the Civil War so boring This book flows and reads easily, and I was equally engrossed in Ayer s personal story and journey as well as his modern and historical perspectives He presents great insight on the great [...]

    10. First three lines It took me a while to figure out that I was a Southerner Other identities, not a few of them mistaken, dawned on me first I had to see the South at a distance before I could see its shape and understand its power OK This is not how a history book begins This is how a personal memoir begins I had checked this book out of the library to read about the causes of the Civil War I m returning the book next week.

    11. Overall, very interesting Not quite what I was looking for I m looking for books on the Reconstruction itself than anything but each essay was fascinating, and incredibly helpful in settling the South and the study of its history in the modern context.

    12. Good book that has points that make you consider your own knowledge of the Civil War If you re looking for an answer to the title question, you may or may not find it.

    13. Essays on various topics from a Southern Historian It was about the field of Southern history than the historical events themselves.

    14. I didn t really enjoy the author s writing style He has a very condescending tone throughout the book and is very dismissive of other author s arguments It takes him 133 pages for his thesis to make an appearance and it isn t convincing I read this for a Civil War class and gathered very little from it.

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