If you have been following the informal pacing guide on this blog, you will finish McPherson’s Drawn With the Sword this week. Chapter 14 is more directly relevant to your preparation for the IB exam than chapter 15, but both are worth reading. The essay in chapter 14 is a helpful introduction to one of the major themes of the Civil War unit, the global impact of the war. Pay special attention to the complex reaction to the war and emancipation in Great Britain and France.
The following essay will provide perspective as you examine and compare academic and “popular” history in coming years, and the tension within the historical profession between maintaining high professional standards of research and reaching the public.