A People’s History of the Civil War: Struggles for the by David Williams

By David Williams

The acclaimed sweeping heritage of a state at struggle with itself, advised right here for the 1st time via the folks who lived it.

Bottom-up background at its absolute best, A People's historical past of the Civil battle "does for the Civil struggle interval what Howard Zinn's A People's heritage of the us did for the examine of yankee heritage often" (Library Journal). broadly praised upon its preliminary free up, it was once defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" by way of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yankee Civil battle notwithstanding the eyes of standard people—foot infantrymen, slaves, girls, prisoners of conflict, 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 strong tale approximately America's so much harmful conflict.

A People's heritage of the Civil conflict is "readable social historical past" which "sheds attention-grabbing mild" (Publishers Weekly) in this the most important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yank historical past. 40 b/w photos.

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To permit it would have established a state-sanctioned bond between members of slave families, implicitly infringing on the “property rights” of slaveholders—specifically the right to deal with and dispose of his property as he saw fit. Nevertheless, slaveholders allowed and even encouraged slaves to marry at an early age and have lots of children. It not only increased the slaveholder’s “property” holdings, but it also provided an additional means of control. Besides the constant threat of physical violence, the most effective means of keeping slaves under control was through the institution of the family.

More often, the objective of physical punishment was to inflict as much pain as possible without doing permanent damage. Scarring or mutilation might decrease the slave’s resale value or ability to work. ”22 Wide leather straps or perforated wooden paddles were more common than whips. They were just as painful but left no permanent marks that might identify the slave as a “troublemaker” to potential buyers. Overseers frequently administered beatings to slaves in the “buck” or “rolling Jim” positions.

A compensatory GI bill funneled aid to hundreds of thousands of first-generation college students. The system of state four-year and community colleges that grew to take advantage of that aid further widened academic access across class lines, and across gender lines when young women insisted on their right to attend. And the civil rights movement, at great cost in pain and lives, forced open even more tightly shut doors to public higher education, as did AIM, the American Indian Movement. Those and other struggles of the post-war era clearly demonstrated the power of people’s movements.

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