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American Studies: Origins and Impact of the Civil War - Smith: Find Books

A guide to background resources

Dr. Smith recommended titles


The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers   342.73024 WOOT ESSE 2003

The Federalist Papers   342.73024 MADI FEDE 1987

The Louisiana Purchase: A Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia   R 973.46 RODR LOUI 2002

Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War   970.04 WOOD MANI 2010

Origins of the American Civil War   973.711 REID ORIG 1996

Short History of the United States   973 REMI SHOR 2008

Slavery and Abolitionism

The Abolitionist Movement   326.8 TACT ABOL 2005

Anti-slavery Origins of the Civil War in the United States   326.973 DUMO

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery   973.7092 LINC FONE 2010

Slavery Attacked: The Abolitionist Crusade   973.711408 THOM SLAV 1965

The South and the Politics of Slavery 1828-1856  326.0975 COOP SOUT 1980

Struggle Against Slavery: a History in Documents   306.362 WALD STRU 2001

Civil War and Reconstruction

The American Civil War   973.7 COLE AMER 2005

The Civil War: A History in Documents   973.7 SEID CIVI 2001

Civil War and Reconstruction (Eyewitness History)  973.7 CARL CIVI 2008


The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay   973.711 FREE ROAD 1990

The Road to Secession: A New Perspective on the Old South   973.713 BARN ROAD 1972


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