In the book, What They Fought For by James McPherson, the topic is the motivation behind the soldiers that fought for the Confederates as well as the Union, along with their perception of slavery during the Civil War from 1861-1865. This work gives a plethora of diverse quotes from soldiers living in the deep south of Louisiana to up north in Massachusetts with everything in between, which makes it impossible to assign this book to one location. The author presents the thesis that both armies were composed of men who were able to read, and knew what they were fighting for. Ultimately, after reading the literature, I think the author achieved supporting his thesis with an abundance of facts and research.
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine reiterates the compelling story of how the Civil War overturned the economic, political, and social lifestyle of the Old South. This war downright destroyed the Confederacy and the society it both represented and protected ever since the institution of slavery was established. Explained through words from those who endured it, Levine’s work illustrates the way in which a war endeavored to preserve the “status quo” fundamentally become a second American Revolution. The only difference? Soldiers were fighting their neighbors rather than an outside force. Through the usage of letters, diaries, government documents, and newspaper articles,
In 1689, the British and the French entered a long period of frequent warfare known as the Second One Hundred Years’ War. The British government had to start directing its focus towards the French rather than its colonies in the New World. Due to the constant warfare, the British did not enforce the Navigation Acts that regulated and controlled trade going to and from the colonies. This sort of political and economic strategy was called salutary neglect. The Americans enjoyed minimal interference in their trading and the American economy grew and developed under this salutary neglect. However, after the French and Indian war ended in 1763, the British government was severely in debt. It started to enforce the Navigation Acts and imposed
The war of 1812 is one to remember. The war happened between the British and the Americans. This happened because the British stopped trade with the Americans due to a war between the British and the French. Another reason was because of the impressment that the British started against the American sailors. For these reasons, the war of 1812 happened.
In the harsh, dreaded winter at Valley Forge, your enlistment has finally retired. But now there is a decision to be made. Will I stay and be loyal to the Continental Army. Or will I abandon and never look back at the Continental Army. The decision must be made. It would be so easy to leave and not have to deal with all the death. But it also would be hard because my freedom could rely on this decision and the Continental Army needs my help. Therefore, I choose to stay at Valley Forge, for there is a chance for me to not die of sickness because of the medical care, there is also patriotism, and people are willing to fight for our freedom.
The Civil War is seen as disastrous, upsetting, and a new start for America. In Across Five Aprils, written by Irene Hunt, she shows all of those feelings. The Civil War was a hard time for many families. Their son’s are going to war, they still have to work, and they need someone to protect the family. You worry for your safety, and your children’s. It’s just what you do.
The Northern states would illustrate the crime of participating in slavery vividly with the help of the Holy Bible. The historical context of Document D is the Second Great Awakening. Additionally, the Second Great Awakening was incredibly impactful in the North than the South. Furthermore, the Second Great Awakening actually helped to spread new religious ideas. As a result, a high increase of feelings of compassion and sympathy started to flow toward slaves from the citizens that lived in the Northern part of the United States of America. The Southern states used the Holy Bible to brainwash their slaves to be loyal and fearful toward their masters and labor. The purpose of Document G is to expose how cruel and expedient the slave owners are. In addition, the Southern slave owners would twist and change the words of the Holy Bible to keep up with the demand of cotton and other strongly needed
The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are documents which are designed to work together. They together hold the core values, beliefs and laws of the United States of America.
It was clear that during Lincoln’s presidency, the American political system had failed. The South wanted to cede from the Union, and this was only one of the problems going on during this period of time. The division between the North and the South was extremely prominent; they were both passive enemies. The South wanted the right to own slaves and induce slavery, while the North thought slavery was immoral and unjust while referring to the Constitution for argumentative backup.
The civil war not only had an effect on the government, foreign policy, finances, but also the people that fought in the war or had loved ones in the war. Reading biographies and first hand recounts of the civil war is the best two ways to understand how it felt to live during this time in history. It’s an important insight that helps paint a picture of how living during the war was, and how people lived.
At the wars end the two sides still had their political differences. It was one of the man reasons the war was started. The two main political parties were the Democrats and the Republicans. The north was mainly Republican, but the south was Democrat. These two parties feuded in the south. The few Republicans in the south were marginalized from society and were beaten up by the Democratic southerners. The majority opinion in the south was to still keep they’re old traditions and southern culture. The Southern Republicans represented the men who wanted change from this point of view. These men were tortured daily and the government didn’t do much about it. The South really kept building on to that fire by striking fear in anyone that might not agree with the southern
“Enlisted the United States Service August 16th, 1862, at Mound City, Kansas.” (Wing, 1), “On January 22nd 1862 we left Camp Siegel, Milwaukee Wisconsin on train for Chicago and arrived at Chicago the same evening.” (Christ, 21). These are not just words from someone’s diary, these are two real separate documents from the life of an average american soldier. Soldiers who fought on the same side for one of the most gruesome wars that America has ever witnessed, The Civil War. There are several aspects that come to mind when you think of the average american soldier. Throughout the Civil War, the Average American Soldier’s role, and perspective was constantly evolving. Soldiers throughout the Civil War had to adapt to wartime preparations,
How has the American literary tradition evolved throughout time and what influenced it? That is the question that the writings presented throughout the course serves to answer. In his article, “Is There an American Literary Tradition?” Sanford Pinsker comments on what Gushing Strout thinks defines American literature. Strout lists some of the different characteristics that appeals which includes “the lure of upward mobility; religion and the lovers’ triangle; reforming the relation between the sexes…fictionalizing history; and the American dilemmas of slavery and race” (Pinsker “Is There an American Literary Tradition”). Like Strout describes, most of the works in the course apply some of these themes that were even heavily influenced by the