How Long Would Slavery Have Lasted Had It Not Been for the Civil War? Gary Gallagher (2006)

May 11 2022

Gary William Gallagher is an American historian specializing in the history of the American Civil War. His books:…

Gallagher is currently the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He produced a lecture series on the American Civil War for The Great Courses lecture series. Listen:…

Gallagher received a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College in 1972. He then did graduate study in history at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1982. He was a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University from 1986 to 1998, when he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia.

He is the presenter of an Audible series of lectures entitled The American Civil War. An in depth look at the American Civil War. These are currently available on Audible as a series of read lectures which go into great detail on the Civil War. He both wrote and read the lecture series as part of The Great Courses. There are a total of 48 lectures each averaging about 30 minutes each meaning over 24 hours of lectures in total. This is presented exclusively for Audible books.

Authored Books

with Joan Waugh: The American War: A History of the Civil War Era. State College, Pennsylvania: Spielvogel Books, 2015[4] Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013. The Union War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011.[5] (Winner of 2012 Tom Watson Brown Book Prize, 2012 Laney Prize, 2011 Eugene Feit Award in Civil War Studies; New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice) Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. Lee and His Army in Confederate History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. The American Civil War: The War in the East 1861-May 1863. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2000. (History Book Club selection) Lee and His Generals in War and Memory. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University 2 Press, 1998. (Winner of 1998 Fletcher Pratt Award; History Book Club selection) The Confederate War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997. (Winner of 1998 Laney Prize and finalist for 1998 Lincoln Prize [shared the prize with three other books]; History Book Club selection) Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee’s Gallant General. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985. (History Book Club Selection)

Edited Books The Antietam Campaign. University of North Carolina Press. 1999. Three Days at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership. Kent State University Press. 1999. Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. University of North Carolina Press. 2000. with Alan T. Nolan: The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History. Indiana University Press. 2000. The Wilderness Campaign. University of North Carolina Press. 2006. Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath. University of North Carolina Press. 2012.….

The legal institution of human chattel slavery, comprising the enslavement primarily of Africans and African Americans, was prevalent in the United States of America from its founding in 1776 until 1865. Slavery was established throughout European colonization in the Americas. From 1526, during early colonial days, it was practiced in Britain’s colonies, including the Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. Under the law, an enslaved person was treated as property and could be bought, sold, or given away. Slavery lasted in about half of U.S. states until abolition. In the decades after the end of Reconstruction, many of slavery’s economic and social functions were continued through segregation, sharecropping, and convict leasing.

By the time of the American Revolution (1775–1783), the status of enslaved people had been institutionalized as a racial caste associated with African ancestry.[1] During and immediately following the Revolution, abolitionist laws were passed in most Northern states and a movement developed to abolish slavery. The role of slavery under the United States Constitution (1789) was the most contentious issue during its drafting.…

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