The American Civil War began with division and culminated in devastation for both sides, a President slain and a bitter reconstruction ahead. The speeches in this volume represent the fierce sectional passions that led up to the war and accompanied its many swings in fortune; included are addresses by Lincoln, as great a pragmatist as he was idealist; by Confederate leaders such as Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens; by defenders of "King Cotton" and crusaders against the evils of slavery.
"This collection brings together speeches by some of the most distinguished political leaders of the twentieth century together with political analysis. Each speech is introduced by a brief historical and political discussion, and a general introduction gives a helpful overview and precise historical context. The combination of the original speeches and the present day analysis provides a fine starting point for reports and class discussion."
-- Booklist (May 2003)
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