Beirne: Primary Sources

1. Chávez, Ernesto, ed. The U.S. War with Mexico: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.


I am going to use this handy book for over fifty primary sources related to the war that took place a decade prior to the Civil War to see if there’s any economic or expansionist themes I can use to make my case that the Civil War fits into the general mindset of the times.
2. Finkelman, Paul, ed. Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South, A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.


Another book in the great Bedford/St.Martin’s series of collections of commentary and primary resources, this time pertaining to those in the North and South who defended slavery, including for economic reasons.



3. Stampp, Kenneth M., ed. The Causes of the Civil War, 3rd revised edition. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1991.


This is a classic work that contains a number of primary sources pertaining to the myriad of causes of the Civil War, including economic ones.



4. Vorenberg, Michael, ed. Emancipation Proclamation: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010.


Primary sources pertaining to one of the defining documents of the Civil War, one that changed the military and moral course of the war. I am going to employ this primary source compilation to understand prevailing sentiments right smack-dab in the middle of the war, picking up on any references to economics and labor system ideology.