The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union

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University of Illinois Press, 1965 - History - 277 pages
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'The Inner Civil War', first published more than twenty-five years ago, is a classic that has influenced historians' views of the Civil War and American intellectual change in the nineteenth century. This edition includes a new preface in which the author demonstrates the continuing relevance of the work and updates its interpretations.
  

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User Review  - Shane Atwell - Goodreads

statism triumphs over individualism in civil war America. places Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, James, Holmes in intellectual and historical context. fascinating but slow read. mostly whets the appetite for other 19th century intellectual histories. Read full review

Review: The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union

User Review  - Sean Chick - Goodreads

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This is a well written and accessible intellectual history of the North's struggle with the war. It is a wonderful explanation of how the victory of abolition destroyed the antebellum social reform movement. Read full review

Contents

Prophets of Perfection
7
Conservatives in a Radical Age
23
The Impending Crisis
36
The War as Idea and Experience 18601865
51
Secession Rebellion and Ideology
53
The Spirit of 61
65
This Cruel War The Individual Response to Suffering
79
The Sanitary Elite The Organized Response to Suffering
98
The Martyr and His Friends
151
The Strenuous Life
166
The Legacy
181
The Twilight of Humanitarianism
183
Science and the New Intellectuals
199
The Moral Equivalent of War
217
Notes
239
Index
269

The Meaning of Emancipation
113
The Doctrine of Loyalty
130

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About the author (1965)

Historian George M. Fredrickson was born in Bristol, Connecticut on July 16, 1934. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1956 and then studied in Norway on a Fulbright scholarship. After serving in the Navy for three years, he earned a doctorate from Harvard University in 1964. He taught at numerous universities including Harvard University, Northwestern University and Stanford University. He retired from teaching in 2002. During his career, he wrote eight books and edited four more. His book White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American and South African History was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Some of his other works include The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crises of the Union, Racism: A Short History and Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race. He died from heart failure on February 25, 2008.

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