American Civil War: Facts and Fictions

American Civil War: Facts and Fictions

by James R. Hedtke


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This book debunks popular myths and misconceptions about the American Civil War through primary source documents and shows how misinformation can become so widespread.

• Provides readers with a clear understanding of how myths about the Civil War originated and propagated in American memory

• Debunks popular myths with facts supported by primary sources

• Provides students with the resources to conduct their own research into each topic area

• Examines controversial myths that continue to have a large impact on American politics and society today, including popular misconceptions about the very origins of the Civil War

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440860737
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/31/2018
Series: Historical Facts and Fictions Series
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

James R. Hedtke, PhD, is professor of history and political science at Cabrini University, Radnor, PA, where he has taught for 45 years.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 The Main Reason the Southern States Seceded, from the Union Was States' Rights 1

2 Edmund Ruffin Fired the First Shot at Fort Sumter 23

3 Black Regiments Fought in Combat for the Confederate States of America 41

4 There Were No Female Combat Soldiers in the Civil War 61

5 Lincoln Freed the Slaves 79

6 The Gettysburg Address Was Written on a Train 101

7 Grant Was a Butcher 121

8 Civil War Medicine Was Barbaric 143

9 Freed Slaves Were Promised 40 Acres and a Mule 163

10 Lincoln's Assassination Was the Result of a Conspiracy 187

Bibliography 211

Index 217

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