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Dr. Gallagher focuses the Civil War in historical terms of the 19th Century, stripping away the political correctness attributions revised since the civil rights era of the 1960's of the North fighting to free the slaves. Yes, slavery was the issue that cause the secession of the southern states, but the the northern states were fighting to retain the Union, with slavery if necessary but one country. He ties the concept of 'Manifest Destiny' with the principles of the Declaration of Independence to explain why the people of the north fought the Civil War, in their own words.
The recent crop of histories and documentaries have been maintaining that the northern states fought primarily to free the slaves. There was a reason that Lincoln couldn't issue the Emancipation Proclamation until late 1863 - political suicide. Only a minority of northern citizens supported emancipating the slaves until it was put into terms of destroying the southern economy and hastening the end of the war. Saving the Union was the primary purpose that both new immigrants and established citizens of the northern states volunteered for Federal Service.
Mel Foster does yeoman work narrating Dr. Gallagher's work.
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.....who told the narrator he had the talent for accents? Good grief! Possibly the worst attempt at a southern male accent only topped by the attempt at a southern female accent. I can’t even describe the Irish and British attempts. The narrator was fine otherwise.
The author is incredibly knowledgeable and I have enjoyed his Great Courses lectures. We would have been much better served had he narrated his own book.
If you can get past the narrator’s accents this is an excellent listen.
I especially enjoyed the historical emphasis on war for Union.