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What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery and the Civil War (2007)

by Chandra Manning

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A wonderful read. Manning presents writings from the soldiers themselves in order to belie the common misconception that The Civil War was fought over anything other than slavery. While the soldiers' attitudes toward blacks did wax and wane through the war, Manning documents that this corresponded more with success on the battlefield, than the actions of the Lincolns Administration: units that succeeded more in combat remained most sympathetic to blacks, and vice versa. ( )
  AdamRackis | Sep 5, 2011 |
This book's thesis is that slavery was the cause of the Civil War, and that soldiers largely saw it as the cause. This thesis is supported by much research in soldiers' letters and soldiers' newspapers, to an extent which became less interesting as the book proceeded. I applaud the research but it did not make for a rivting book and I was convinced of the truth of the thesis long before I finished the book--if I did not believe it before, as I did. ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 18, 2007 |
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In this unprecedented account, Chandra Manning uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers to take the reader inside the minds of Civil War soldiers-black and white, Northern and Southern-as they fought and marched across a divided country. With stunning poise and narrative verve, Manning explores how the Union and Confederate soldiers came to identify slavery as the central issue of the war and what that meant for a tumultuous nation. This is a brilliant and eye-opening debut and an invaluable addition to our understanding of the Civil War as it has never been rendered before.

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