What Caused the Civil War? by Edward L. Ayers
Reflections on the South and Southern History

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The past of the American South, with its peculiarities of tragic proportions-a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom, secession and Civil War tearing at the Union, poverty persisting in a nation of fast-paced development-is fertile ground for great works of history. Here in wide-ranging essays, today's foremost Southern historian turns over the rich soil of life in the South.

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Edward L. Ayers is President of the University of Richmond and Professor of History. His book, In the Presence of Mine Enemies, won the Bancroft Prize in 2004.
Published June 1, 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company. 222 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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The dominant school long argued that economic issues such as tariffs and industrialism were more critical in causing the war than the slavery issue—and that the conflict might well have been avoided.

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