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A Fool's Errand
Abraham Lincoln
The Civil War And The Constitution 1859-1865, Vols. 1 and 2
The Constitution of the United States and Other Historical American Documents
The Contest in America
History of the Civil War 1861-1865
The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Recollections and Letters of Robert E. Lee
Starr King in California
Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life
The Civil War And The Constitution 1859-1865, Vols. 1 and 2
The Civil War And The Constitution 1859-1865, Vols. 1 and 2
By John W. Burgess
$19.95 paperback


It could be argued that the Civil War was the most influential event in the history of the United States. In The Civil War and the Constitution, political scientist John W. Burgess explores the politics, people, and sentiments of this time, and closely examines the constitutional issues of the Civil War.
» VOLUME ONE covers anti-slavery sentiment in the South between 1857 and 1860, the presidential election of 1860, the secession of the South, Lincoln's administration, and military campaigns. Burgess also provides personal histories of the three men who were called to lead during this time — Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Stephen Arnold Douglas.
» VOLUME TWO covers battles in New Orleans, Kentucky, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Atlanta, and Charleston, as well as Sherman's march through Georgia. The Emancipation Proclamation is discussed in great depth, along with constitutional issues created by the military events of 1862 and 1863.

JOHN W. BURGESS (1844-1931) was a professor of political science and constitutional law and dean of the faculty of political science at Columbia University in New York. Considered one of the originators of the study of American politics, Burgess espoused a theory that a society's progress could be scientifically quantified by measuring its achievement of humanist goals.