TWO ROADS TO SUMTER by William & Bruce Catton


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On Sumter lay the issue of peace and war; on Davis and Lincoln lay the issue of Sumter"", the authors state. Both men were born in Kentucky a year apart (1808-09) and both left the state as children, Davis to a Mississippi plantation, slaves, wealth and West Point; Lincoln to the backwoods of Indiana and Illinois, to poverty, hard work, and a self-education in law and practical politics, an art Davis never learned. Although less vividly written and by reason of subject less exciting than many books by the senior Catton alone, this concise and carefully documented volume provides a highly readable refresher-course on the outbreak of the Civil War and as such will appeal to both amateur and professional historians; it will be an excellent college textbook.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1963
Publisher: McGraw-Hill