By David Williams
The acclaimed sweeping background of a kingdom at conflict with itself, advised right here for the 1st time via the folk who lived it.
Bottom-up background at its best possible, A People's historical past of the Civil conflict "does for the Civil warfare interval what Howard Zinn's A People's background of the USA did for the research of yank heritage generally" (Library Journal). broadly praised upon its preliminary unencumber, it used to be defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" by means of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yank Civil battle although the eyes of normal people—foot squaddies, slaves, ladies, prisoners of conflict, draft resisters, local americans, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative strikes past presidents and generals to inform a brand new and robust tale approximately America's so much harmful conflict.
A People's historical past of the Civil struggle is "readable social heritage" which "sheds attention-grabbing gentle" (Publishers Weekly) in this the most important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yank heritage. 40 b/w pictures.
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7 Such concerns carried little weight among the mass of working-class northerners. Only the Confederacy’s firing on the Stars and Stripes at Fort Sumter sparked enough nationalism in the North to bring Lincoln the volunteers he needed for an army. That nationalism, along with brute force, would be used by northern elites over the next few years to divert worker hostility, suppress the labor movement, and, for a time at least, restore some measure of control. Though there was some enthusiasm for the war early on, that the rich were profiting while others were dying led common people on both sides to question their respective causes.
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Only gold or silver would do. Few plain folk had the required “hard money” on hand, nor did they have the collateral with which to borrow it. Successful loan applications fell dramatically and small banks across the country began to fail. The resulting depression helped drive cotton prices under as well, and they continued falling into the 1840s. With their staple-crop income cut nearly in half, debt-ridden farmers found it impossible to keep up loan payments. Their land and slaves were repossessed and sold at auction, usually to already well-established slaveholders.