By David Goldfield
In this spellbinding new historical past, David Goldfield deals the 1st significant new interpretation of the Civil conflict period considering the fact 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 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 excellent and evil to be fought to the demise.
The cost of that failure was once bad, however the carnage complete what statesmen couldn't: It made the us one country 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 used to be supplanted by means of technological know-how and a gospel of growth, and the South was once left in the back of.
Goldfield's panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the tip of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable info and luminaries similar 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 background on the college of North Carolina, Charlotte. he's the writer of many works on Southern background, together with Still scuffling with the Civil War; Black, White, and Southern; and Promised Land.
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America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield