By James B. Conroy
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Our One universal Country explores the main serious assembly of the Civil warfare. Given brief shrift or neglected by means of many historians, the Hampton Roads convention of 1865 was once an important turning aspect within the struggle among the States. during this good written and hugely documented ebook, James B. Conroy describes in attention-grabbing aspect what occurred whilst leaders from either side got here jointly to attempt to finish the hostilities. The assembly was once intended to finish the struggling with on peaceable phrases. It failed, besides the fact that, and the struggle dragged on for 2 extra bloody, harmful months.
via meticulous study of either basic and secondary assets, Conroy tells the tale of the doomed peace negotiations in the course of the characters who lived it. With a clean and instant viewpoint, Our One universal Country deals an exciting and eye-opening check out the shortcoming of our nation's leaders to discover a relaxed resolution. The failure of the Hampton Roads convention formed the process American historical past and the way forward for America's wars to return.
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