Why do Americans call the bloodiest conflict in the nation's history the Civil War rather than a revolution? What does the Civil War have to do with other 19th-century revolutionary movements in Mexico, Spain, and especially Cuba? Downs addresses these questions and, in the process, invites readers to consider the stability and survival of the US Constitution and its republican system - as well as the ways in which the United States has always been deeply shaped by crises and ideas from abroad.
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