By Jonathan Daniel Wells

The Civil struggle is likely one of the so much defining eras of yankee historical past, and masses has been written on each point of the conflict. the quantity of fabric to be had is daunting, in particular whilst a pupil is attempting to know the final subject matters of the period.

Jonathan Wells has distilled the conflict down into comprehensible, easy-to-read sections, with lots of maps and illustrations, to assist make feel of the battles and social, political, and cultural alterations of the period. awarded this is info on:

  • the domestic front
  • the battles, either within the East and the West
  • the prestige of slaves
  • women’s position within the conflict and its aftermath
  • literature and public life
  • international facets of the war
  • and a lot more!

Students also will locate necessary research aids at the significant other site for the publication. A apartment Divided offers a brief, readable survey of the Civil battle and the Reconstruction interval later on, focusing not just at the battles, yet on how americans lived in the course of a time of significant upheaval within the country’s heritage, and what that legacy has intended to the rustic today.

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Other midwestern cities like Detroit, Milwaukee, and Cleveland also grew substantially and helped to add people and political power to the free states. Northern urbanization took place alongside industrialization in the early nineteenth century, a transformation that was due in part to advances in transportation. Canals and railroads were key to the transportation revolution, dramatically reducing the time and expense associated with moving people and goods. The Erie Canal, completed in 1825, stretched for more than 350 miles, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie, and New York with midwestern cities like Chicago.

The slave’s quality of life was completely dependent upon the whim of his master. qxd 14 24/10/11 15:50 Page 14 SLAVERY AND LONG-TERM ROOTS OF THE CIVIL WAR together. Other slaves suffered unimaginable cruelty at the hands of masters who beat them to the point of mutilation, divided slave families, and worked them hard and long. The important thing to remember is that the law was completely on the master’s side; the slave had no rights in the legal or political system. Every southern state had its own “slave codes” which defined the property status of slaves and the rights of masters.

The disciplining of slaves often fell not to any county or state authority but to the planters and overseers who controlled the farm. Such autonomy created circumstances ripe for the physical and sexual abuse of slaves since masters had little fear of official legal reprimand. In one of the most famous slave narratives, or accounts of experiences under bondage by the slaves themselves, Harriet Jacobs told of the constant fear of sexual attack. To northern abolitionists such firsthand accounts added authenticity to claims of slavery’s cruelty, and credence to arguments that bondage corrupted the master as well as the slave.

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