After the Civil War
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Westward expansion after the American Civil War
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Opening the West

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"Early wars and land purchases legalized Americans' claim to the continent .... But these wars did not open the West—individuals did. Acting alone or in small groups, brave individualists ventured into virgin territory to claim what seemed to be "free" land or to profit from the abundant wild game. Without governmental protections, these frontiersmen stood alone in the wilderness. To keep their claims in the trans-Appalachian area (the area of land that stretched west from the crest of the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River), early settlers fought almost constantly with Indians. "For the frontiersman who found his cabin in flames and his family mutilated, horror quickly hardened into a desire for vengeance. Backwoods morality teamed God and right against the 'redman,'" according to frontier historian Paul O'Neil in The Frontiersmen."

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The blue, the gray, and the Bible.(The Civil War as a Theological Crisis; Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War)(Book review) - First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion ...

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark A. Noll University of North Carolina Press, 216... "At the time it began, most Northerners--including the president--had no intention of going to war to end slavery. The intention was to save the Union, with or without slavery. Most Americans today would agree that saving the Union was itself a noble end. But suppose the war had saved the Union with slavery. Would we look back on it in the same way we do today? Would we think of Abraham Lincoln as we do today? Would we be singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"? How would we balance the terrible human cost of the war against that end?"

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Lincoln's Avengers

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"Joseph Holt, judge advocate general of the United States, was the chief prosecutor of those involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Holt's commitment to bringing other so-called war criminals to justice provides the common link that ties many of the events of the spring and summer of 1865 together in this compelling …" Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War - By Elizabeth D. Leonard - in The Journal of Southern History

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