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Slavery and Four Years of War, Vol. 1-2 A Political History of Slavery in the United States Together With a Narrative of the Campaigns and Battles of the Civil War In Which the Author Took Part: 1861-1865   By: (1836-1932)

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In the two-volume masterpiece, Joseph Warren Keifer delves deep into the intricate web of cause and effect that led to the American Civil War and the subsequent abolition of slavery. Keifer's "Slavery and Four Years of War" establishes itself as an invaluable resource for historians, political enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of this transformative period in American history.

From the very beginning, Keifer sets a tone of intellectual rigor and meticulous research. Drawing on his direct participation in the Civil War as a Union soldier, Keifer brings an on-the-ground perspective that breathes life into the events he narrates. This unique perspective adds authenticity and credibility to his analysis, elevating this work above mere academic discourse.

The first volume, focusing on the political history of slavery, is a tour de force. Keifer unfolds the intricate tapestry of American politics, exploring the economic, social, and cultural factors that contributed to the rise of slavery and ultimately led to division and conflict within the nation. Through a masterful blend of primary sources and his own interpretation, Keifer presents a comprehensive account that leaves no stone unturned. His ability to articulate complex political ideologies and contentious debates is truly commendable.

The second volume, dedicated to the campaigns and battles of the Civil War, is equally impressive. Keifer's firsthand experience breathes life into the narratives, making each battle come alive with palpable tension and emotion. From Bull Run to Gettysburg, the reader is transported to the front lines, gaining a visceral understanding of the horrors of war. Keifer's attention to detail and his ability to weave together various accounts and perspectives make this volume a compelling read.

What truly sets "Slavery and Four Years of War" apart is Keifer's unflinching commitment to intellectual honesty. He navigates the controversial topics of slavery and war with nuance, examining both sides of the argument without bias. While acknowledging the South's historical grievances, he does not shy away from denouncing the institution of slavery as immoral and incompatible with the principles of equality on which the United States was founded.

One minor drawback of this work is its sheer breadth. With over a thousand pages, "Slavery and Four Years of War" can be daunting for readers seeking a quick overview. However, for those willing to invest the time, the rewards are plentiful. Keifer has crafted a masterful synthesis of history, politics, and personal experience, which stands as a testament to his commitment to understanding the past and its implications for the future.

In conclusion, "Slavery and Four Years of War" is a monumental achievement in the field of Civil War history. Joseph Warren Keifer's meticulous research, personal experiences, and balanced perspective combine to create a magnum opus that will undoubtedly shape our understanding of this pivotal period for years to come. Whether you are a student, scholar, or simply an avid reader interested in American history, this two-volume set is an essential addition to any library.

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Transcriber's note:

Footnotes are at the end of each chapter, except at the end of each section in Chapter I. Duplicate notes were on adjacent pages in the book.

Right hand page heads are omitted.

Names have been corrected (except possibly "Hurlburt").

LoC call number: E470.K18

SLAVERY AND FOUR YEARS OF WAR

A POLITICAL HISTORY OF SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES

TOGETHER WITH A NARRATIVE OF THE CAMPAIGNS AND BATTLES OF THE CIVIL WAR IN WHICH THE AUTHOR TOOK PART: 1861 1865

BY JOSEPH WARREN KEIFER BREVET MAJOR GENERAL OF VOLUNTEERS; EX SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U. S. A.; AND MAJOR GENERAL OF VOLUNTEERS, SPANISH WAR.

ILLUSTRATED

VOLUME I. 1861 1863

G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press 1900

Copyright, 1900

BY JOSEPH WARREN KEIFER

The Knickerbocker Press, New York

To the

memory of the dead and as a tribute of esteem to the living officers and soldiers who served immediately with and under the author in battles and campaigns of the great American rebellion

This Book is Dedicated

PREFACE

The writer of this book was a volunteer officer in the Union army throughout the war of the Great Rebellion, and his service was in the field.

The book, having been written while the author was engaged in a somewhat active professional life, lacks that literary finish which results from much pruning and painstaking... Continue reading book >>




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