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Understanding the War Between the States

Narrated by: Bill Izard
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Understanding the War Between the States is a supplemental history by 16 writers that enables a more complete and truthful study of American history. Consisting of 40 concise chapters, beginning with the Colonial era of North America, moving to the Revolution and the establishment of the US, it proceeds into westward expansion to the Pacific Ocean. But at that point in American history, the Northern cultures and Southern cultures clash in a horrific political sectional contest over how powerful the country's federal government should be. 

The consequence is political sectionalism in the Northern states, giving rise to the Republican Party and the election of Abraham Lincoln and Republican governors throughout the Northern states. Secession of seven Southern states takes place, and President Lincoln contrives a pretext for launching a war of subjugation and conquest against the non-Republican Southern States. 

After four years of horrific war, even "total war", the Federals prevail. A process of political reconstruction ensues, a process for the federal government to become all-powerful is launched, and the limited government promised by the American Revolution is lost to memory. State rights declines into a faint memory of days long ago, everywhere, North, South, and West. 

Our society has produced the most concise, complete, and easily understandable history that has ever been created for the purpose of imparting a truthful understanding of the war between the states.

©2015 Society of Independent Southern Historians (P)2018 Shotwell Publishing LLC

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  • Tom
  • Stoneville, Australia
  • 03-02-19

This book, claiming to "help" people understand th

This book, claiming to "help" people understand the War Between The States, reads like a simplistic, opinionated set of stories written and read to mislead young readers by chipping away at constructs that comprise established history about the United States. Clearly, the effort is to rehash old southern regional arguments that have been obsessed over for many years for a retrospective justification of “honest, good natured” southern beliefs over so-called hostile, selfish and duplicitous northern deceit.
The book begins with emphasizing the necessity of beginning reading with an open mind, yet quickly dissolves into a sloppy ramble of truthfully-challenged shots taken at contemporary and future views and actions objected to by the writer.

This is an amateurish attempt to confuses readers with tired arguments so often made by Civil War revisionists after the war when discussing antebellum reasons for secession. It is a fact that a number of prominent confederate leaders asserted very strongly in 1861 that the war was about slavery, while many of those same “leaders” asserted as, or more strongly, in 1865, that the war was about state rights.

It does seem to me that this is the same suspicious strategy employed by the writers and producers of this book.

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I read this book

And it’s a dud
From cover to cover
Filled with crud
I’ve never heard of so many lies
It’s not even good with chili fries

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Wonderful starting point for understanding.

Wonderful starting point for understanding the invasion. Many reference points for further reading were given.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful