AMERICA AFLAME: How the Civil War Created a Nation

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Not just a reappraisal of the Civil War, but an exemplary cultural study of 19th-century America.Goldfield (History/Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte; Still Fighting the Civil War, 2002, etc.) does not necessarily set out to tell a new story—"in this book, the outcome of the conflict will be the same as it is in every other book on the war. That goes for the battles, too." Instead, the author ... Read full review

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The war was completely unnecessary. Slavery would have atrophied and ended naturally, as it did in all other countries in this hemisphere. The economic pressures of agricultural mechanization in the late 1800's would have made manual field labor unnecessary and too costly to maintain. Precisely how it would have wound down is uncertain, but the plantation owners may have been more ready to accept manumission payments.
Lest the rest of the country feel too self righteous, check to see how many Northern states permitted black voting in the late 1860's - 1870's.

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