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By Jonathan Daniel Wells

The Civil battle is without doubt one of the such a lot defining eras of yankee background, and lots more and plenty has been written on each point of the struggle. the amount of fabric on hand is daunting, particularly while a pupil is attempting to understand the general subject matters of the period.

Jonathan Wells has distilled the battle down into comprehensible, easy-to-read sections, with lots of maps and illustrations, to assist make feel of the battles and social, political, and cultural alterations of the period. provided this is details on:

  • the domestic front
  • the battles, either within the East and the West
  • the prestige of slaves
  • women’s function within the warfare and its aftermath
  • literature and public life
  • international elements of the war
  • and a lot more!

Students also will locate priceless research aids at the better half web site for the e-book. A apartment Divided presents a quick, readable survey of the Civil struggle and the Reconstruction interval later on, focusing not just at the battles, yet on how american citizens lived in the course of a time of significant upheaval within the country’s heritage, and what that legacy has intended to the rustic today.

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They railed against paper money as illegitimate and argued in favor of using species such as gold and silver for exchange. In strongly worded vetoes of laws passed by Congress, the president reiterated the Jeffersonian distrust of businessmen, bankers, and capitalists, while reaffirming support for small government and a nation of independent farmers. As historian Michael F. Holt has shown, congressional leaders slapped Jackson with the nickname “King Andrew” for his willingness to veto laws passed in Congress, and by the early 1830s those leaders inside and outside Washington began to form the new Whig Party.

Millions of Europeans immigrated to northern and midwestern cities, and the populations of New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and other cities expanded quickly. These immigrants faced discrimination and harsh working and living conditions; the Irish in particular faced prejudice because of their Catholic faith and because of widely held beliefs about the supposed laziness and drunkenness of Irishmen. They travelled across the Atlantic, however, because of the promise of high wages and economic independence, dreams that remained illusory for most.

As president, Jackson was forced to take stands on important issues, positions that earned him supporters and detractors. One of the most challenging issues for Jackson arose with the emergence of sectionalism in the Nullification Crisis when the doctrine of states’ rights first became a powerful political topic. When historians consider the long-term causes of the Civil War, slavery is often at the top of their lists, but equally important in the eyes of many scholars is the southern doctrine of states’ rights.

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