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Some readers may have the impression that the Civil War was fomented, concentrated, and fought in the Southern states. However, the implications of slavery, political precedence to war, and reactions to it were far more complicated and widespread than many readers realize. The Ohio University Press is now issuing a series titled "Civil War in the Great Interior." Individual volumes, subtitled "The Civil War in Documents," cover the states of Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. As this volume shows, Illinois was marked by having as native sons Senator Stephen Douglas, President Abraham Lincoln, and General Ulysses Grant. Each, during this time, contributed to the actions and attitudes of the American populace toward slavery, Reconstruction, and civil rights. Each chapter, after a short chronological review of legal actions and public reactions within the state, is followed by selected contemporary letters and documents that express published attitudes and feelings of the time. The appendixes include a time line of Civil War events that had implications for the particular state and a chapter-by-chapter list of discussion questions that could be a basis for future research. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers. R. J. Havlik emeritus, University of Notre Dame
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