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Arguing for the importance of the aural dimension of history, Mark M. Smith contends that to understand what it meant to be northern or southern, slave or free--to understand sectionalism and the attitudes toward modernity that led to the Civil War--we must consider how antebellum Americans comprehended the sounds and silences they heard.

Smith explores how northerners and southerners perceived the sounds associated with antebellum developments including the market revolution, industrialization, westward expansion, and abolitionism. In northern modernization, southern slaveholders heard the noise of the mob, the din of industrialism, and threats to what they considered their quiet, orderly way of life; in southern slavery, northern abolitionists and capitalists heard the screams of enslaved labor, the silence of oppression, and signals of premodernity that threatened their vision of the American future. Sectional consciousness was profoundly influenced by the sounds people attributed to their regions. And as sectionalism hardened into fierce antagonism, it propelled the nation toward its most earsplitting conflict, the Civil War.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

About the Author

Mark M. Smith, author of Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South, is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807849828
Author:
Smith, Mark M.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Acoustics & Sound
Subject:
Sound
Subject:
Noise
Subject:
Silence
Subject:
North and south.
Subject:
Sectionalism
Subject:
Elite
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.30x6.08x.83 in. 1.20 lbs.

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