America Aflame How the Civil War Created a Nation

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/4/2012
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press

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In this spellbinding history, David Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. Where other scholars have seen the conflict as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield paints it as America's 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 countrya conflagration captured in vivid detail in America Aflame.

Author Biography

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His books include Still Fighting the Civil War, Southern Histories: Black White, and Southern; and Promised Land.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Nation Rebornp. 1
Crusadesp. 17
Empirep. 42
Revolutionsp. 59
Railroadedp. 86
Blood on the Plainsp. 105
Revivalp. 128
The Boatmanp. 158
The Tug Comesp. 180
Just Causesp. 205
Shiloh Awakeningp. 224
Born in a Dayp. 245
Blood and Transcendencep. 268
A New Nationp. 296
War Is Crueltyp. 318
One Nation, Indivisiblep. 344
The Age of Reasonp. 370
Aspirationsp. 397
A Golden Momentp. 417
The Golden Spikep. 439
Political Sciencep. 456
Let It Bep. 483
Centennialp. 506
Acknowledgmentsp. 535
Notesp. 539
Bibliographyp. 591
Indexp. 617
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