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Publisher's Summary

In 10 Big Questions of the American Civil War, join noted author and Civil War historian Dr. Caroline E. Janney, a professor at the University of Virginia, for a pointed examination of some of the most intriguing, provocative, and enduring questions about the Civil War era. The aim of these 10 eye-opening lectures is to separate myth from memory. Students will learn...

  • Why the Southern states actually seceded
  • The reasons that soldiers on both sides of the conflict chose to fight
  • How conscription of soldiers promoted the idea that the Civil War was a “rich man’s war”
  • Why emancipation wasn’t defined by the Emancipation Proclamation but by a process that unfolded over years
  • What social, political, and economic implications arose as the Civil War generation choose how to remember their experiences
  • What various relief efforts, performed by women, existed on both sides of the war
  • Whether the Battle of Gettysburg really turned the tide in favor of the Union

Dr. Janney will help you to sort through topics that still confound both scholars and students of the Civil War. What’s more, the author reveals the deep, intense, and sometimes violent nature of Civil War memory that still permeates throughout the United States of America. 

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Chapter 2, Lecture 1
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Growth of the Federal Government
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  • Chapter 2, Lecture 1
  • Controversies about Confederate imagery
  • Chapter 6, Lecture 5
  • The role of Southern women in the Confederacy
  • Chapter 9, Lecture 8
  • Growth of the Federal Government

"In 10 lectures, Dr. Janney has made this history very accessible. Highly recommend this as a way to understand both the past and future."

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About the Professor

Dr. Caroline E. Janney is the Director of the Nau Civil War Center at the University of Virginia and a John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War. Prior to this, she was a professor at Purdue University. Dr. Janney is the author of two outstanding works in the field of Civil War studies, Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (2008) and Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (2013). She has also edited two volumes of essays and published numerous scholarly articles.

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very good narration, interesting view point, added depth to the times, well worth the time

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Good but...

There were some excellent lectures in this book. There was a thorough and unbiased approach and I felt that the level of detail was just right. My only issue was that many of the lectures concerned topics that I just wasn’t that interested in. I would’ve preferred to hear about the strategies employed by the two sides and answered questions like “could the union have shortened the war by employing a different strategy?”, “is there a scenario out def which the south could have won?”, or “what if the south had taken a defensive posture in the war?”. Instead there was a lot of discussion of things that I felt was less important.

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Questions about the civil war answered.

I am 64, an educated person who has tried to learn about the civil war and has been unsuccessful. In 10 lectures, Dr Caroline Janney, Ph.D has made this history very accessible and I feel like I can successfully learn more. Highly recommend this as a wY to understand both the past and future.

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I couldn’t get through this book. The author is viewing the civil war through the lens of 2019. And it does not take into account everything that was going on at that time. She needs a wider lens on her research.

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very informative

It has such relevant information, particularly in today's climate. reccomend you listen to this book.

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The first full fledged and honest look at the facts to help us gain understanding today of what happened then. Janney does an excellent job bringing facts without passing judgment. Excellent scholarship. Excellent writing.

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Thoughtful, engaging and challenging

lectures about the war and its memory. Makes clear that Prof. Janney is an excellent historian and a superb teacher.