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By Marc Egnal

Clash of Extremes takes at the reigning orthodoxy that the yank Civil struggle used to be waged over excessive ethical rules. Marc Egnal contends that economics, greater than the other issue, moved the rustic to warfare in 1861.

Drawing on a wealth of basic and secondary resources, Egnal indicates that among 1820 and 1850, styles of alternate and construction drew the North and South jointly and allowed sectional leaders to dealer a chain of compromises. After midcentury, in spite of the fact that, all that modified because the upward push of the nice Lakes economic system reoriented Northern exchange alongside east-west traces. in the meantime, within the South, soil exhaustion, matters in regards to the country's westward growth, and growing to be ties among the higher South and the loose states led many cotton planters to consider secession. The struggle that ensued used to be actually a "clash of extremes."

Sweeping from the 1820s via Reconstruction and choked with colourful pictures of top members, Clash of Extremes emphasizes economics whereas giving cautious attention to social conflicts, ideology, and the increase of the antislavery stream. the result's a daring reinterpretation that may problem the best way we predict concerning the Civil War.

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