Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Volume VI of The by James M. McPherson

By James M. McPherson

This booklet is a political and army heritage at its most sensible. As many reviewers have already commented, for a one-volume merchandise this is often most likely the best.

McPherson makes use of a chronological method of hide the war's history, battles, political advancements and intrigue, characters, and masses extra. The dispassionate remedy of the way slavery used to be just a detonator excuse (the genuine purposes are even more tricky) yet slowly grew to become a identifying consider the conflict is actually preferred. He truly exhibits admiration for Lincoln with the president discovering because the nice historic determine he's (I wait for learn his brief biography). this is often additionally no longer a North or South biased booklet, with generals Lee and furnish (among others) portrayed with an identical devotion.

conflict Cry for Freedom is a brilliant photo of the battle and its factors. it is also a truly attention-grabbing and enjoyable learn.

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If these products lacked the quality, finish, distinction, and durability of fine items made by craftsmen, they were nevertheless functional and affordable. A new institution, the "department store," sprang up to mar­ ket the wares of mass production to a mass public. European visitors who commented (not always favorably) on the relationship between a political system of universal (white) manhood suffrage and a socioeco­ nomic system of standardized consumption were right on the mark. Grinding poverty and luxurious wealth were by no means absent from the United States, but what impressed most observers was the broad middle.

12 BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM During those same years, steamboats made Robert Fulton's dream come true by churning their way along every navigable river from Bangor to St. Joseph. T h e romance and economic importance of steamboats were eclipsed in both respects by the iron horse in the 1850s. T h e 9,000 miles of rail in the United States by 1 8 5 0 led the world, but paled in comparison with the 2 1 , 0 0 0 additional miles laid during the next de­ cade, which gave to the United States in i 8 6 0 a larger rail network than in the rest of the world combined.

De­ pendence on wages robbed a man of his independence and therefore of his liberty. " T h e boss was like a slaveowner. He determined the hours of toil, the pace of work, the division of labor, the level of wages; he could hire and fire at will. T h e pre-industrial artisan had been accustomed to laboring as m u c h or as little as he pleased. He worked by the job, not by the clock. If he felt like taking time off for a drink or two with friends, he did so. But in the new regimen all laborers worked in lockstep; the system turned them into machines; they became slaves to the clock.

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