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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

Total War and the Republic (1861-1865)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Discuss the concept of total war and its relevance to the Civil War.

Assess the leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and describe the strategies and military campaigns each pursued.

Discuss Lincoln's decision to make emancipation a war aim, the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the eventual passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.

Describe the meaning and impact of the war for civilians, African-Americans, and women.

Describe the experiences of the soldiers in both armies.

Evaluate the reasons for the Confederacy's defeat.