The Centennial History of the Civil War. Vol. One. The Coming Fury (1). Bruce Catton. Garden City,
Why read it? Although the official
An interesting note is the composition of the Northern and Southern presidential Cabinets.
Sample quotes and Ideas:
Slavery was the issue. On both sides of the issue men were not trying to persuade so much as giving vent to emotion. p. 17. ………. Owen Lovejoy: “Slavery…was the sum of all villainies, worse than robbery, worse than piracy, worse than polygamy: ‘It has the violence of robbery, the blood and cruelty of piracy, it has the offensive and brutal lusts of polygamy, all combined, and concentrated in itself.’ ” p. 23. ………. Most did not think that war would occur. p. 24.
“The long voyage across the sea to
Slavery was obsolete because the country was becoming industrialized. p. 83. ………. The Presidential campaign of 1860 did not help solve the problem of slavery, it only intensified the problem. p. 87. ………. Douglas who would have been a friend to the South was rejected by the South as a candidate. p. 89. ..........“Parades and loud noises were taking the place of reasoned discussion.” p. 97. ………. “The showdown [over slavery] might have shattering impact, but it would have to come.” p. 99.