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America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation


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ISBN13: 9781608193905
ISBN10: 160819390x
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In this spellbinding history, David Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPhersons Battle Cry of Freedom. Where other scholars have seen the conflict as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield paints it as Americas greatest failure: a breakdown of society caused by the infusion of evangelical religion into the world of politics.

The price of that failure was horrific, but the carnage accomplished what statesmen could not: It made the United States one nation and eliminated the divisive force of slavery. The victorious North moved ahead, a land of innovation and industry. Religion was supplanted by a gospel of economic and scientific progress, and the South was left behind. The "fiery trial" of war transformed our country—a conflagration captured in vivid detail in America Aflame.

About the Author

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of many works and textbooks on Southern history, including Still Fighting the Civil War, Southern Histories, Black, White and Southern, and Promised Land.

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Susan Mumpower-Sprigg, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Susan Mumpower-Sprigg)
This history is not only an engaging read; it explores the pre-Civil War landscape through the lens of American religious beliefs and conflicts. It expands beyond the usual suspects and also shows the usual suspects in less-explored light. You can't help but apply the same lens to today's politics.
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Goldfield, David
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
General History
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
US History-1800 to Civil War
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