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America aflame : how the Civil War created a nation

Author: David R Goldfield
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R Goldfield
ISBN: 9781596917026 1596917024 9781608193905 160819390X
OCLC Number: 639161278
Description: 632 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: David Goldfield.

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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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