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The civil war in America. By John Wm. Draper, M. D., Ll. D. New York: Harper & Brothers. The publishers have kindly sent us (through West & Johnston, Richmond,) a copy of this work. We are thus enabled to place on our shelves three beautiful volumes, gotten up in the highest style of the book-maker's art, and “intended to be a history of the causes which led to the civil war, and of the events connected with it, considered not in a partisan but in a philosophical and impartial spirit.” How far the learned author has succeeded in his avowed purpose is altogether another matter. Indeed it requires only a glance through these volumes to see that instead of writing in “a philosophical and impartial spirit,” Dr. Draper is so bitter a “partisan,” that it seems simply impossible for him to make accurate statements about even the most trivial matters. We may take occasion to pay our respects to Dr. Draper more fully hereafter, and to show how his narration of the causes and events of the war is so colored by partisan prejudice as to render it utterly worthless as history.
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