By David Williams
The acclaimed sweeping historical past of a state at conflict with itself, informed the following for the 1st time by way of the folk who lived it.
Bottom-up heritage at its absolute best, A People's heritage of the Civil warfare "does for the Civil battle interval what Howard Zinn's A People's historical past of the us did for the examine of yankee heritage as a rule" (Library Journal). broadly praised upon its preliminary free up, it was once defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yank Civil conflict although the eyes of normal people—foot squaddies, slaves, girls, prisoners of battle, 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 strong tale approximately America's so much damaging conflict.
A People's background of the Civil warfare is "readable social background" which "sheds interesting mild" (Publishers Weekly) in this an important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yank historical past. 40 b/w pictures.
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Stephens, had said in March 1861 that slavery was their natural condition and the cornerstone on which the new government was founded. With Lincoln’s tentatively worded Emancipation Proclamation came at least a hope of freedom that enslaved southern blacks and their northern relatives eagerly embraced. But in fact, they were taking freedom for themselves long before the war or the Proclamation. 16 Others resisted in place by subtle and overt means. The war only quickened the pace of a wave of resistance that was already gaining strength.
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. In the South, planters devoted far too much land to cotton and not enough to food. ”8 With cotton smuggled out by land and sea, some planters bragged that the longer the war went on the more money they made.
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