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Latest Brose Book Considers the Civil War as an International Revolution

The Richards Center and the University of North Carolina Press will publish Gregory P. Downs' The Second American Revolution: The Civil War-Era Struggle Over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic this November. It is the eleventh book to be published in the Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era book series. The Second American Revolution interprets the Civil War as part of an international conflict over the future of slavery and republics. Rather than a mere civil war or national struggle, Downs sees the U.S. Civil War as a revolutionary clash between proponents of republican government and an older order grounded in slavery and empire. Connecting the Civil War with political developments in Britain, France, Spain, Cuba, and Mexico, Downs shows how the conflict reshaped the U.S. Constitution, remade the Atlantic World, and reformed the world order.