By David Goldfield
In this spellbinding new heritage, David Goldfield deals the 1st significant new interpretation of the Civil warfare period considering that James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. the place previous students have limned the battle as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America's maximum failure: the results of a breakdown because of the infusion of evangelical faith into the general public sphere. because the moment GreatAwakening surged via the US, political questions grew to become concerns of fine and evil to be fought to the demise.
The expense of that failure was once awful, however the carnage complete what statesmen couldn't: It made the us one state and eradicated slavery as a divisive strength within the Union. The triumphant North turned synonymous with the US as a land of innovation and industrialization, whose teeming towns provided squalor and chance in equivalent degree. faith was once supplanted by way of technological know-how and a gospel of growth, and the South used to be left at the back of.
Goldfield's panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the top of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable info 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 vice chairman 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 historical past, together with Still scuffling with the Civil War; Black, White, and Southern; and Promised Land.
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