SLAVERY AND LINCOLN'S WAR by Spencer Gantt.
Whether black or white or Northerner or Southerner, Spencer Gantt’s Slavery and Lincoln’s War is as good a place to begin as any book about the conflict of 1861-1865 to understand what America’s Civil War was and was not all about. Just as he discovered “surprising information” he “had never read, never imagined, and never been taught,” so will readers of his book do likewise. With caveats noted about “Total War,” “Lincoln’s Unconstitutional Acts”[as a “Dictator” and the suppression of civil liberties (that involve complicated issues about Executive Power including the President as Commander-in-Chief, and the laws of war), and the Civil War’s avoidability versus its inevitability (about which historians continue to disagree and debate), Mr. Gantt’s slim and inexpensive volume, sprightly written in plain language and peppered with colloquial sayings, is a fast-paced and easy read.
Written by an average American citizen who was inspired to learn more about the conflict of 1861-1865 by the continuing controversy