By David Williams
The acclaimed sweeping background of a kingdom at struggle with itself, instructed the following for the 1st time by means of the folks who lived it.
Bottom-up heritage at its best possible, A People's background of the Civil warfare "does for the Civil struggle interval what Howard Zinn's A People's background of the USA did for the learn of yank historical past usually" (Library Journal). generally praised upon its preliminary unencumber, it used to be defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" through the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yank Civil conflict notwithstanding the eyes of normal people—foot infantrymen, slaves, girls, prisoners of warfare, draft resisters, local american citizens, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative strikes past presidents and generals to inform a brand new and robust tale approximately America's such a lot damaging conflict.
A People's historical past of the Civil struggle is "readable social heritage" which "sheds interesting mild" (Publishers Weekly) in this an important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yankee heritage. 40 b/w photos.
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14 Some deserters allied themselves with a number of antiwar societies that operated in both the North and South. In the North, the most prominent “dark lantern” societies, such as the Order of American Knights and the Sons of Liberty, were connected with antiwar Democrats, or Copperheads. Responding to the threat of organized resistance, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus and moved to silence dissent where he could. Some newspapers were forced to shut down, and others were denied use of the postal service.
I. Title. II. Series. 7—dc22 2005043873 The New Press was established in 1990 as a not-for-profit alternative to the large, commercial publishing houses currently dominating the book publishing industry. The New Press operates in the public interest rather than for private gain, and is committed to publishing, in innovative ways, works of educational, cultural, and community value that are often deemed insufficiently profitable. com Composition by Westchester Book Composition 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 For Trish Contents SERIES PREFACE by Howard Zinn ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Introduction: “The People at War” 1 “All for the Benefit of the Wealthy” 2 “The Brunt Is Thrown upon the Working Classes” 3 “The Women Rising” 4 “We Poor Soldiers” 5 “Come In Out of the Draft” 6 “My God!
29 No matter who the father, slaveholders usually encouraged slave women to have as many children as possible. More children meant more field hands, but they also gave the slaveholder an additional tool of control.
A People’s History of the Civil War: Struggles for the Meaning of Freedom by David Williams