To understand the coming of the Civil War, then, we need to pick up the story before Fort Sumter and to carry it deeper than national events. We need to understand both the advocated of conflict and those who sought to avoid it regardless of the cost. We need to understand the communities people fought to defend, the institutions that held them together and that drove them apart.
Copyright © 2000 Shippensburg University. This article first appeared in Proteus 17:2 (Fall 2000), 1-4.
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Ayers, Edward L. "The Great Valley and the Meaning of the Civil War." Proteus 17:2 (Fall 2000), 1-4.