The Disruption of American Democracy
In the book, Nichols argued that the American Civil War was not fundamentally the product of underlying social and economic forces. Instead, he looks to the machinations of "vote-hungry" politicians who calibrated their appeals in a culturally diverse society, which was speedily growing, so as to encourage regional and cultural groups to pursue objectives that led to the breakdown of the Union, something that most didn't seek or foresee.
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