Gotham at War: New York City, 1860-1865

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 213 pages
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Gotham at War is an accessible, entertaining account of America's biggest and most powerful urban center during the Civil War. New York City mobilized an enthusiastic but poorly trained military force during the first month of the war that helped protect Washington, D.C., from Confederate capture. Its strong financial support for the national government may well have saved the Union. New York served as a center for manpower, military supplies, and shipbuilding. And medically, New York became a center for efforts to provide for sick and wounded soldiers.

Yet, despite being a major Northern city, New York also had strong sympathy for the South. Parts of the city were strongly racist, hostile to the abolition of slavery and to any real freedom for black Americans. The hostility of many New Yorkers to the military draft culminated in one of the greatest of all urban upheavals, the draft riots of July 1863.

Edward K. Spann brings his experience as an urban historian to provide insights on both the varied ways in which the war affected the city and the ways in which the city's people and industry influenced the divided nation. This is the first book to assess the city's contributions to the Civil War.

Gotham at War examines the different sides of the city as some fought to sustain the Union while others opposed the war effort and sided with the South. This unique book will entertain all readers interested in the Civil War and New York City.

About the Author
Edward K. Spann is professor emeritus of history at Indiana State University. He is a specialist in nineteenth-century history and urban history. Spann has authored a number of books, including The New Metropolis: New York City 1840-1857 and Ideals and Politics: New York Intellectuals and Liberal Democracy, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
  

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Although its inhabitants were not uniform in opinion, New York City nevertheless played a major role in the Civil War. Spann (history, emeritus, Indiana State Univ.; Metropolis: New York City, 1840 ... Read full review

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Interesting account of Civil War New York, filled with perspectives on financial prosperity coupled with abject poverty, blatant racism, immigration, tribal politics and the thin line between the ... Read full review

Contents

THE ROAD TO WAR 18601861
1
PATRIOTISM IN ACTION 1861
17
WAR ON THE SEA
31
THE BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
45
MOBILIZATION FOR REAL
57
TENDER MERCIES
71
A DEMOCRATIC WORLD
83
RIOTS AND RELIEF
93
REBUILDING PROSPERITY
135
WEALTH AND ITS EXCEPTIONS
145
A THREATENING WORLD
155
THE POLITICS OF WAR AND PEACE
165
THE MANPOWER BUSINESS
177
VICTORY AND BEYOND
187
A WORLD RESTORED
199
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
203

THE ETHNIC DIMENSION
107
THE RACE ANGLE
121

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About the author (2002)

Edward K. Spann is emeritus professor of history and distinguished professor in arts and sciences at Indiana State University.

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