By Scott Reynolds Nelson
Claiming greater than 600,000 lives, the yank Civil battle had a devastating impression on thousands of universal squaddies and civilians, at the same time it introduced freedom to thousands. This booklet exhibits how commonplace americans coped with melancholy in addition to wish in this mammoth upheaval. A humans at War brings to existence the whole humanity of the war's contributors, from ladies in the back of their plows to their husbands in military camps; from refugees from slavery to their former masters; from Mayflower descendants to freshly recruited Irish sailors. we find how humans faced their very own emotions concerning the warfare itself, and the way they coped with emotional demanding situations (uncertainty, exhaustion, worry, guilt, betrayal, grief) in addition to actual ones (displacement, poverty, disease, disfigurement). The ebook explores the violence past the battlefield, illuminating the sharp-edged conflicts of neighbor opposed to neighbor, even if in guerilla battle or city riots. The authors trip as a ways west as China and as a ways east as Europe, taking us within squaddies' tents, prisoner-of-war camps, plantations, tenements, church buildings, Indian reservations, or even the shipment holds of ships. They pressure the conflict years, but additionally forged a watch on the tumultuous many years that preceded and the battlefield confrontations. An engrossing account of standard humans stuck up in life-shattering conditions, A humans at War captures how the Civil battle rocked the lives of wealthy and terrible, black and white, mom and dad and children--and how these kinds of americans driven generals and presidents to make the clash a people's struggle.
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22. T. H. Cunningham to Edward Everett Hale, 16 June 1854, Territorial Kansas Online. 23. : Harvard University Press, 1999). 24. H[enry] C[lay] Bruce, The New Man: Twenty-nine Years a Slave, Twenty-nine Years a Free Man (1895; New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969), 17, 22. 25. There is no precise way to measure the extent of abolitionist thought. 3 percent of the popular vote as the Liberty Party candidate for President. 1 percent as the Free Soil candidate, but his voters would have included disaffected Whigs and Democrats who believed in Free Soil but not necessarily abolitionism.
But when a widely read author like Stowe cast slavery in moralistic terms, she destroyed the middle road. Few Americans could sit idly by while accused of being unchristian or unrepublican. They might not ﬁght to end slavery, but they would ﬁght to keep it from corrupting republican free labor. They might not own slaves themselves, but they did not want to be branded as ﬁends because they aspired to the Southern route to upward mobility. If most white Americans still hoped that the slavery problem would go away, the cumulative effect of the last thirty years—the nation’s remapped geography, its multiplication table, the westward itch, and anti- and proslavery activism—helped ensure that it would not.
Quoted in Masur, 1831, 162–63. 57. , The Ideology of Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Antebellum South, 1830–1860 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981), 65, 67. The entire text can be found in Thomas R. Dew, “Abolition of Negro Slavery,” American Quarterly Review 12 (1832), 189–265. 58. Paul Finkelman, Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, 2003), 26. 36 FROM COMPROMISE TO CHAOS 59. On proslavery thought about Providence’s role in Southern prosperity, see John Patrick Daly, When Slavery Was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, and the Causes of the Civil War (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2002), 101–2.