The American Civil War by Kat Smutz

The American Civil War

By Kat Smutz

  • Release Date: 2011-12-01
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
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The American Civil War started when eleven southern ‘slave’ states declared their independence from the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s Republican government were strongly against slavery and fought to abolish it and keep the country united.

The American Civil War: History in an Hour gives a concise and authoritative overview of these four years of bloody and devastating warfare to help you understand how the Civil War shaped America today and changed the history of slavery forever.

Know your stuff: read concise history of the tumultuous struggle between the Confederates and the Union in just one hour.


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‘This is genius’

About the author

Having studied technology at Southwest Missouri State University, Kat Smutz conducted research in a variety of fields, most notably the everyday life of people in the United States during the Victorian era. Professionally, Kat has worked in law enforcement, as a teacher, and was a freelance journalist for twenty years. All of those experiences lend themselves well to her work for History an an Hour.


  • Successfully does what it sets out to do

    By Margate Mark
    Although it seems to be a book written by committee, with lots of repetition and redundancy, this is a good resume of the American Civil War, especially for those who already know a fair bit about it. For readers wanting details, look elsewhere (there are plenty of sources); for people hoping for a quick, self-reinforcing overview, this is the iBook for you.
  • North & South

    By bayern_tbmklan
    Having studied the American Civil war at university, I would recommend. Brilliant for the price and covers all the key points of America's bloodiest conflict.