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Goldfield, David R., 1944-
America aflame : how the Civil War created a nation / David Goldfield
Alternate Title How the Civil War created a nation
1st U.S. ed
New York : Bloomsbury Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E468.9 .G685 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects
Subject(s) National characteristics, American
Physical Description 632 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [591]-615) and index
Contents A nation reborn -- Crusades -- Empire -- Revolutions -- Railroaded -- Blood on the Plains -- Revival -- The boatman -- The tug comes -- Just causes -- Shiloh awakening -- Born in a day -- Blood and transcendence -- A new nation -- War is cruelty -- One nation, indivisible -- The age of reason -- Aspirations -- A golden moment -- The golden spike -- Political science -- Let it be -- Centennial
Summary In this history, the author offers a new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom." Where past scholars have limned the war as a triumph of freedom, this author sees it as America's greatest failure: the result of a breakdown caused by the infusion of evangelical religion into the public sphere. As the Second Great Awakening surged through America, political questions became matters of good and evil to be fought to the death. The price of that failure was horrific, but the carnage accomplished what statesmen could not

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