For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the motivations behind the Civil War for Northern and Southern soldiers. What were the three primary motivations for each group? Be sure to include quotes and supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Pick a quote (at least three sentences) from any soldier McPherson quotes in the book and apply John A. Lynn's three categories to that soldier. Explain how and why Lynn's categories apply to the individual you have chosen, and be sure to include supporting information from the book.

Essay Topic 3

In a well-developed essay, compare and contrast military discipline between the Civil War and one more modern conflict. Include supporting information from the text and outside research as necessary.

Essay Topic 4

The men who became soldiers during the Civil War era were largely defined by Victorian ideals of manhood. Compare and contrast these ideals--and the soldiers who embodied them--with the...

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