Brother Against Brother: The War Begins

Brother Against Brother: The War Begins

Time-Life Books

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 0809447010

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Time-Life Civil War Series 1 of 27

Published on the 125th anniversary of Lee's surrender at Appomattox, this masterful account of the Civil War brilliantly captures the essence of the highly regarded Time-Life Books series in one incomparable volume. Compellingly replays the key turning points of the war as well as the small day-to-day events. 390 illustrations, photographs, and maps.

This first volume in the Time-Life series on The Civil War begins with at look at "The Two Americas" in a series of contemporary paintings of a nation about to tear itself apart. Chapter 1, "One Nation, Divisible," sets up the slavery issue, from the establishment of the Mason-Dixon line to the Compromise of 1850, ending with a gallery of the noted abolitionists of the day. Chapter 2, "The Avenging Angel," focuses on the life and legacy of John Brown. Chapter 3, "Lincoln of Illinois," explains how Lincoln came to be the nominee of the Republican Party and won the Presidential election of 1860. Chapter 4, "Storm over Sumter," details the first crisis of the Lincoln's new administration over the Federal fort in the middle of Charleston harbor. Chapter 5, "The Guns Have Spoken," relates the actual attack that started the Civil War. In many regards this first volume by William C. Davis and the Editors of Time-Life Books is the most disappointing one in the series, simply because it necessarily glosses over the events leading to Fort Sumter. Trying to deal with Lincoln in a single chapter seems quite inadequate to the task, but then it is probably safe to assume the Civil War buffs reading these books know plenty on that particular subject. However, this book does set the tone for the series, including dozens of contemporary drawings, etchings, pamphlets, maps, photographs and the like to illustrate the text.

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1781 Articles of Confederation, which recognized the "sovereignty, freedom, and indepen- dence" of each state, and to the Kentucky any chance he would have to and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799, tread a precarious path, satisfying the radi- which stated the controversial opinion that the Constitution was a "compact" between But to stand cals at home, maintaining Jackson's friend- One Nation, Divisible the states, each of which had the right to pass on the

Congress should refrain runaway slaves. compromise plan in a the capture and return of who sensed was packed with citizens would be Clay's swan song. The old Kentuckian was nothing less that the occasion than magnificent. In his rich voice he called for reason. to complain if He urged Southerners not the state of California rejected be abolished in And he demanded of Northerners: "What do you want, you who reside in the free states? Have you not your desire in California? And in

outset, the Republicans were a sectional party section. — but theirs was They drew sessed much of the nation's food supply, railroads. The Republicans could lose the entire states and still South and to all afford to of the border win national power. The time was approaching when it would be possible bind the North and West together in a trated Free Soilers, disaffected Democrats and reformed Know-Nothings oppose the the fore. In the meantime, thousands of ery's very

and extinguished the last sparks of Sumter's barracks fire, Anderson ordered his ing for the night. From the Battery at Charleston and their fire, too; only the 10-inch mortars left in action, Sumter on the morning of April 13, 1861. As flame and smoke engulfed shells an hour into Sumter. spectators wept for many women its defenders. same time to cease fir- The Confederates reduced Harbor, 5,000 soldiers and civilians watch the bombardment of Fort the Federal bastion, at the

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