1. 1. Introductions: Why Does the Civil War Era Have a Hold on American Historical

  2. 2. Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America's "Peculiar" Region

  3. 3. A Southern World View: The Old South and Proslavery Ideology

  4. 4. A Northern World View: Yankee Society, Antislavery Ideology and the Abolition Movement

  5. 5. Telling a Free Story: Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in Myth and Reality

  6. 6. Expansion and Slavery: Legacies of the Mexican War and the Compromise of 1850

  7. 7. "A Hell of a Storm": The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Birth of the Republican Party, 1854-55

  8. 8. Dred Scott, Bleeding Kansas, and the Impending Crisis of the Union, 1855-58

  9. 9. John Brown's Holy War: Terrorist or Heroic Revolutionary?

  10. 10. The Election of 1860 and the Secession Crisis

  11. 11. Slavery and State Rights, Economies and Ways of Life: What Caused the Civil War?

  12. 12. "And the War Came," 1861: The Sumter Crisis, Comparative Strategies

  13. 13. Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862

  14. 14. Never Call Retreat: Military and Political Turning Points in 1863

  15. 15. Lincoln, Leadership, and Race: Emancipation as Policy

  16. 16. Days of Jubilee: The Meanings of Emancipation and Total War

  17. 17. Homefronts and Battlefronts: "Hard War" and the Social Impact of the Civil War

  18. 18. "War So Terrible": Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad

  19. 19. To Appomattox and Beyond: The End of the War and a Search for Meanings

  20. 20. Wartime Reconstruction: Imagining the Aftermath and a Second American Republic

  21. 21. Andrew Johnson and the Radicals: A Contest over the Meaning of Reconstruction

  22. 22. Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment of a President

  23. 23. Black Reconstruction in the South: The Freedpeople and the Economics of Land and Labor

  24. 24. Retreat from Reconstruction: The Grant Era and Paths to "Southern Redemption"

  25. 25. The "End" of Reconstruction: Disputed Election of 1876, and the "Compromise of 1877"

  26. 26. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

  27. 27. Legacies of the Civil War