By David Goldfield
In this spellbinding new historical past, David Goldfield bargains the 1st significant new interpretation of the Civil battle period due to the fact James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. the place prior students have limned the conflict as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America's maximum failure: the results of a breakdown brought on by the infusion of evangelical faith into the general public sphere. because the moment GreatAwakening surged via the USA, political questions turned concerns of excellent and evil to be fought to the dying.
The rate of that failure was once terrible, however the carnage entire what statesmen couldn't: It made the USA one state and eradicated slavery as a divisive strength within the Union. The successful North grew to become 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 technology and a gospel of development, and the South was once left at the back of.
Goldfield's panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the tip of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable info and luminaries comparable 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 vp of the Confederacy. America Aflame is a bright 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 battling 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