America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

David Goldfield


In this spellbinding new background, David Goldfield bargains the 1st significant new interpretation of the Civil conflict period when you consider that James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. the place previous students have limned the struggle as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America's maximum failure: the results of a breakdown attributable to the infusion of evangelical faith into the general public sphere. because the moment GreatAwakening surged via the US, political questions turned concerns of fine and evil to be fought to the demise.

The rate of that failure used to be bad, however the carnage finished what statesmen couldn't: It made the us one state and eradicated slavery as a divisive strength within the Union. The effective North grew to become synonymous with the USA as a land of innovation and industrialization, whose teeming towns provided squalor and chance in equivalent degree. faith was once supplanted by means of technology and a gospel of development, and the South used to be left in the back of.

Goldfield's panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the top of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable information and luminaries akin to HarrietBeecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman. There are lesser identified but both compelling characters, too, together with Carl Schurz-a German immigrant, warhero, and postwar reformer-and Alexander Stephens, the urbane and highbrow vp of the Confederacy. America Aflame is a brilliant portrait of the "fiery trial"that reworked the rustic we are living in.

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of heritage on the collage of North Carolina, Charlotte. he's the writer of many works on Southern heritage, together with Still scuffling with the Civil War; Black, White, and Southern; and Promised Land.

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