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Title
Blood Brothers - A Short History of the Civil War
Author
Frank E. Vandiver
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Texas A&M University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20060630

Brothers by blood before the war; brothers in blood after. The blood mingled in the Civil Was became the symbol and perverse source of indissoluble union between two sections, two ways of life, two visions of the future, and even two revolutions. In riveting detail, veteran Civil War historian Frank E. Vandiver recounts the campaigns and major battles of the first war of the Industrial Revolution, with its machinery, firepower, and engineering beyond imagination. With provocative insight, he traces a picture of the war as rooted in the character and vision of its two leaders and their two sectional revolutions. In the North, Abraham Lincoln built a massive war effort by expanding executive authority, sometimes in ways beyond the Constitution. Not only emancipation, but also new monetary policies, new forms of commercial organization and production, and new ways of raising and commanding armies made a different United States, shaped for world power. In the service of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, a states' righter, became a Confederate nationalist. Keeping up the fight forced him and many Southerners to accept both a centralization and an industrialization they hated. When the dream was lost and the country gone, vestiges of this revolution would make the Southern system compatible with the new economic, social, and political system that had emerged in the North. The South might look back fondly, but it was readier than it knew for what would come: a new union, one and finally indivisible.

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FRANK E. VANDIVER has published many books on military history and especially the Civil War.
Among them are Their Tattered Flags and Mighty Stonewall, both available from Texas A&M University Press.
A former president of Texas A&M University and administrator and professor of history at that and other universities, he is now director of the Mosher Institute for Defense Studies at Texas A&M.

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
Texas
Number of Pages
224

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