The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History

Confederate Ironclads

Professor Charles E. White, PhD Duke University

A study of the political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of the Civil War. The course addresses the causes of the war, how a nation coped with the struggle across multiple dimensions, and how we dealt with the conflict’s aftermath.

Reading list required:

  • Catton, Bruce. America Goes to War: The Civil War and its Meaning in American Culture. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1992.
  • Clinton, Catherine. Life in Civil War America. Conshohosken, PA: Eastern Acorn Press, 1996.
  • Craven, Avery O. The Coming of the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957.
  • Davis, William C. Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.
  • Linderman, Gerald F. Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War. NY: The Free Press, 1989.
  • McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992
  • __________. Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Roland, Charles P. An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1991.
  • Thomas, Emory M.The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Recommended Supplementary Reading List:

  • Adams, Charles. When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.
  • Beringer, Richard E., Hattaway, Herman, Jones, Archer, and Still, William N. Why The South Lost The Civil War. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986.
  • Boritt, Gabor S., Editor. Lincoln, the War President. The Gettysburg Lectures. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Cornish, Dudley T. The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1987.
  • Craven, Avery O. Civil War in the Making. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.
  • Culpepper, Marilyn M. Trials and Triumphs: The Women of the American Civil War. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1991.
  • Davis, Jefferson. The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. New York: De Capo Press, 1990.
  • DiLorenzo, Thomas. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • Dwyer, John, Editor, The War Between the States: America’s Uncivil War. Denton, Texas: Bluebonnett Press, 2005.
  • Dupuy, Ernest and Trevor Dupuy. The Compact History of the Civil War. NY: Hawthorn Books, 1960.
  • Donald, David. Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.
  • Fahs, Alice and Waugh, Joan. The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
  • Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative. 3 vols. NY: Random House, 1958-74. (Paper)
  • Gallman, The North Fights The Civil War: The Home Front. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1994.
  • Graham, John Remington. A Constitutional History of Secession. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 2002.
  • Grant, Susan-Mary and Parish, Peter, J., ed. Legacy of Disunion: The Enduring Significance of the American Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 2003.
  • Hagerman, Edward. The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1988.
  • Hattaway, Herman and Jones, Archer. How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1983.
  • Henderson, G.F.R. The Civil War: A Soldier’s View. A Collection of Civil War Writings by Col. G.F.R. Henderson. Ed. Jay Luvaas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958.
  • Jones, Archer. Civil War Command and Strategy: The Process of Victory and Defeat. New York: The Free Press, 1992.
  • Jordan, Ervin L. Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.
  • Kennedy, James and Walter. The South Was Right! Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 1994.
  • McDonald, Forrest. States’ Rights and the Union. University of Kansas Press, 2000.
  • McMurry, Richard M. Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay on Confederate Military History. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
  • McPherson, James. Battle Cry of Freedom. NY: Ballantine Books, 1989.
  • __________. Marching Toward Freedom: Blacks in the Civil War, 1866-1865. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1994.
  • __________. What They Fought for: 1861-1865. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1994.
  • McWhiney, Grady, and Jamieson, Perry D. Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage. University: University of Alabama Press, 1982.
  • Miller, William Lee. Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
  • Mitchell, Joseph B. Decisive Battles of the Civil War. NY: Fawcett World Library, 1955.
  • Mitchell, Reid. Civil War Soldiers: Their Expectations and Their Experiences. New York: Touchstone, 1989.
  • Morris, Thomas D. Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
  • Roland, Charles P. The Confederacy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960.
  • Sullivan, Walter, Editor. The War The Women Lived: Female Voices From The Confederate South. Nashville: J.S. Sanders and Company, 1995.
  • Vandiver, Frank E. Their Tattered Flags: The Epic of the Confederacy. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.
  • Webb, James. Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
  • Webb, Willard ed. Critical Moments of the Civil War. NY: Fountainhead Publisher, 1961.
  • Wills, Garry. Lincoln At Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
  • American Heritage. Battle Maps of the Civil War. Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books, 1992.
  • Chandler, David G. Atlas of Military Strategy: The Art, Theory and Practice of War, 1618-1878. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980.
  • Keegan, John, Ed. The Times Atlas of the Second World War. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1989.
  • U.S. Military Academy. West Point Atlas Series. Wayne, NJ: Avery Publishing Group, 1986-94.
  • Woodworth, Steven E. and Winkle, Kenneth J. Atlas of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

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