The Coming of the Civil War

The Coming of the Civil War In recent years a highly industrious school of historians has begun asking whether the war should have been fought at all whether it was perhaps not the fault of the North than of the South Seeking to

  • Title: The Coming of the Civil War
  • Author: Avery Odelle Craven
  • ISBN: 9780226118949
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • In recent years a highly industrious school of historians has begun asking whether the war should have been fought at all whether it was perhaps not the fault of the North than of the South Seeking to revise earlier judgments they have become known as the revisionists, one of the most gifted studious of them all is Avery Craven, whose The Coming of In recent years a highly industrious school of historians has begun asking whether the war should have been fought at all whether it was perhaps not the fault of the North than of the South Seeking to revise earlier judgments they have become known as the revisionists, one of the most gifted studious of them all is Avery Craven, whose The Coming of the Civil War one of the landmarks of revisionist literature Bruce Catton, American Heritage ose who would examine the democratic process during a period of progressive breakdown, in order to understand the dangers it embodies within itself, will find The Coming of the Civil War a classic analysis Louis D Rubin, Jr, Sewanee Review The book has always been recognized, even by its most severe critics, as a work of consummate scholarship T Harry Williams, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

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    1. Craven's dissertation on the decades leading up to Fort Sumter is essential for those wishing to understand the War Between the States beyond the conventional tropes of "freeing the slaves" or "saving the Union."

    2. Craven's influential book on the antebellum era came out in 1942. It was an early attempt to combine sound scholarship with a rejection of the pro-Republican partisanship which dominated American historiography. Today, it seems to me that various later writers have done a better job of elucidating the complex political turmoil of the period (Potter's The Impending Crisis comes to mind). But Craven still fascinates with a detailed account of the sectionalist propaganda war, carried on notably by [...]

    3. Craven does a great job of getting to the heart of a complex topic. However, I found it a little difficult to read. For those that haven't read widely on the Civil War, perhaps it would be better to start with McPherson.

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