An award-winning and highly recommended comprehensive reference set on the political, social, and military aspects of the American Civil War.
The bloodiest armed conflict ever fought on our soil, the Civil War had profound consequences for American society. It left a scar on the nation's psyche that has not yet completely healed. Politics, race relations, religion, literature, popular culture—no aspect of America has been unaffected by the Civil War.
The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War is the most comprehensive reference set ever compiled on this pivotal confrontation. Its five oversized volumes, rich with illustrations, maps, and primary source documents, offer more than 1,600 authoritative entries that chart the war's strategic aims, analyze diplomatic and political maneuvering, describe key military actions, sketch important participants, assess developments in military science, and discuss the social and financial impact of the conflict.
Written by scholars, the essays are both authoritative and easily accessible to history buffs, students, and general readers. Brief entry bibliographies lead curious readers to the most reliable sources for further information.
• Over 1,600 signed A–Z entries, authored by notable scholars and referenced for further reading
• Over 300 contributors, including some of the leading Civil War scholars at work today
• More than 500 illustrations, including contemporary photographs, lithographs, and drawings
• 75 maps created specifically for this encyclopedia
• A chronology, glossary, and exhaustive index
• Over 250 primary source documents
• In depth coverage of the often overlooked roles of African Americans, immigrants, and women, in battle and on the home front
• Comprehensive treatment of subjects usually covered only in specialized monographs, from social conditions and public relations to press coverage and elections
• Coverage of subjects related to or affected by the war: slavery, states' rights, secession, emancipation, Reconstruction, the involvement of foreign powers, literature, photography, art, conscription, conscientious objection, and the role of immigrants