By David Goldfield
In this spellbinding new heritage, David Goldfield deals the 1st significant new interpretation of the Civil struggle period for the reason that James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. the place prior students have limned the struggle as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America's maximum failure: the results of a breakdown as a result of the infusion of evangelical faith into the general public sphere. because the moment GreatAwakening surged via the US, political questions turned issues of excellent and evil to be fought to the dying.
The fee of that failure used to be bad, however the carnage finished what statesmen couldn't: It made the U.S. one country and eradicated slavery as a divisive strength within the Union. The successful North grew to become synonymous with the USA as a land of innovation and industrialization, whose teeming towns provided squalor and chance in equivalent degree. faith used to be supplanted by means of technology and a gospel of development, and the South was once left in the back of.
Goldfield's panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the tip of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable information and luminaries resembling 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 vibrant portrait of the "fiery trial"that reworked the rustic we are living in.
David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of background on the college of North Carolina, Charlotte. he's the writer of many works on Southern heritage, 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