The Centennial History of the Civil War. Vol. One. The Coming Fury (3). Bruce Catton. Garden City,
10-second review: People did not think the Civil War would come, but North and South kept drifting into it, the motives not always explicable, even though slavery was obsolete because the nation, as a whole, was becoming industrialized—the real reason that the North won the war.
“…from Lincoln the bitter cry…that he could not claim to have controlled events but must admit rather, that events had controlled him.” p. 339. ………. “Significantly, everyone [in the South] seemed to feel that this government represented a malignant fraction rather than the Northern people as a whole.” A delusion. p. 359. ………. Western Virginia and Eastern Tennessee remained strongly loyal to the
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Congress had voted to put all its resources into the war and the Confederacy could not match them. It had suggested that the war would swallow both secession and slavery—and would not follow the Constitution when it came to deal with slavery. p. 424. ……….Belief that the South should sell all its cotton and purchase munitions, etc. But would require a strong central government which the South did not believe in. They believed in States’ Rights. p. 433. ………. “The political hostilities of a generation were now free to face off with weapons instead of words.” p. 448.
Comment: A vivid re-telling of the events and characters that made the Civil War. I look forward to reading Volumes Two and Three. RayS.