One of the last books we read in class was Chandra Manning’s What This Cruel Was Over, (2007). I found this book very interesting and developed some questions regarding its content. In the first part of the book Manning argues that slavery was the ultimate cause of the war, which I do not dis...
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...ght for, could it have been a last ditch effort to keep slavery alive? At that point were the armies of the Confederacy just trying to keep the Union Army from destroying what was left of their home land? Did they even know why they were fighting at that point, was it to protect the young Confederacy, or rather to protect the ideology of the Confederacy that they found appealing as it first formed? I believe all these questions deserve an answer and should be looked into more closely. They are also questions that interest me the most about this rich era in American history. Therefore, I would consider myself a Southern nationalist Civil War historian because it is the field that I wish to research and attempt to answer questions about such as the ones I have listed above as well as others and it is the one I am most interested in after completing this class.
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