I was hoping that yesterday’s post would not turn into another round of the same old back and forth over the cause of the war, but that is exactly what happened. Unfortunately, most of what is usually offered in such discussions lacks any serious analysis and/or context. I was hoping to encourage readers to share those books that have informed their understanding of the coming of secession and war. For what it’s worth, here are a few of my favorites, though I could just as easily have chosen five others.
- James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
- William Freehling, The Road to Disunion, Vol. 1: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854
- William Freehling, The Road to Disunion: Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861
- Charles Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War
- David Potter, The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861
Feel free to add to this list.