Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men
By Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
A History of the American Civil War. In this insightful treatment of the Civil War (addressing the causes, the war itself and Reconstruction), Hummel’s text argues against the thesis that armed confrontation was inevitable. “As an excuse for civil war,” he says, “maintaining the States territorial integrity is bankrupt and reprehensible. Slavery’s elimination is the only morally worthy justification.” But slavery, he suggests, was on its way out in any case.