Rolling Stone’s Top Five Sources of All Time

Spicer, John. “”The Cause” of the American Civil War.” History Review. 9 (2004): 45-50. Print.

Richardson, Heather Cox. “Explaining the American Civil War.” Historian. 61.2 (1999): 396. Print

Bestor, Arthur. “The American Civil War as a Constitutional Crisis.” American Historical Review. 69.2 327-352. Print.

Grimsley, Mark. “In not so dubious battle: The Motivations of American Civil Wat Soldiers.” Journal of Military History. 62.1 (1998): 175-188. Print.

Merrell, William Thomas. Champions of Contending Armies: The Ancient Rivalry Between Massachusetts and South Carolina, 1829-1856. Clemson, SC: 2010. Print.

I think the source which will be most helpful to me will be the first one. It goes over the many causes of not only the Civil War, but war itself. I think it will provide an array of opinions which I can look for elsewhere or look for rebuttals to elsewhere. In short, it provides a good jumping off point from which I can create a pathway of research into more refined sources.