"What Caused the Civil War?"
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This paper provides a book review of Edward L. Ayers' (2006) "What Caused the Civil War? Reflections on the South and Southern History", a book in which he argues his main thesis that there is no one single cause of the Civil War (slavery, economics, states' rights, etc.) that is sufficient to explain the conflict.
From the Paper:"In Edward L. Ayers' "What Caused the Civil War? Reflections on the South and Southern History", the author rejects any form of scholarship that blames slavery as the sole cause of the Civil War. The general body of historians has been divided into two camps; one that believes economic causes were behind the war, and one that believes slavery caused the war. While Ayers admits that slavery was a major cause of the conflict, especially in latter years,..."
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