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Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 17. The Civil War (1861–1865)
Chapter 17. The Civil War (1861–1865)
At Issue

After years of tortuous compromise on the issue of slavery collapsed, the slaveholding Southern states seceded from the United States. United as the “Confederate States of America” they fought for “states’ rights,” the concept that the sovereignty of the individual states trumps the authority of the federal government (such state sovereignty would allow the perpetuation of slavery in ...

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