Gaps Between, Page 69 Showing 1 - 7 of 7 Quotes Most important, they feared that defeat would likely lead to race wars and miscegenation. The way soldiers saw slavery is complicated. Mar 12, Sean Chick rated it it was amazing I love Manning's style: Slavery was, somehow, the cause of those who fought the war.
It threatened the proper balance between God, government, society, the family, and the individual. If What this cruel war was over cannot conceive of a different world then the nightmare of the Confederacy is inevitable.
She clearly demonstrates this fact in her analysis of white Union soldiers who took part in the battle of the Crater in July A quick perusal of message boards, blogs, and listservs suggests that a wide range of readers are indeed reading and discussing the book.
Abolitionists opposed it on moral grounds, others because they believed workers had the right to profit from their own labor, while still others believed in a slave power conspiring to take over the country and spread slavery everywhere. Their rights and freedoms as white men was largely confirmed by their superiority over blacks, and abolition would threaten this hallowed position.
For Southerners, that concept was out of the question.
They fought the war in order to protect the "rights" and welfare of their families first, their states second, and their "nation" third, which meant that they were extremely resentful of the CSA's encroachments into everyday life for the purpose of supporting the war. It may have reflected Lincoln's uncertainty about how the war came, but he probably meant that slavery meant different things to different people: But Manning cannot offer the final word, not only because the final word never is written, but also because the words may be lacking to craft it.
The failure of the Union Ninth Corps to breach the Confederate lines at Petersburg led many soldiers to look for an obvious scapegoat; they found one in a division of United States Colored Troops that had participated in the failed assault.
In the South, whether the reason for secession was political, economic, or societal, slavery was at the heart of it. Northerners sought to perfect themselves and society, prompting a wave of reform movements such as abolitionism, and the war provided a similar opportunity for moral regeneration.
To reach this conclusion, Manning, an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, pored over letters by hundreds of soldiers and about regimental newspapers they published. Manning also leaves room for the soldiers to speak for themselves, and they speak well.
Question is how did the soldiers interact with slavery? The black Union soldiers whose views Manning also studies understood that the war would promote "recognition of both the masculinity of black adult males and the full humanity of all African Americans" -- attitudes remarkably similar to how Northern and Southern white males saw the war affecting themselves.
By breathing life into them, she breathes life into debates over why the war came and how it was waged -- questions usually associated with great policymakers, and questions that still vex us. It is important to note that Manning does not conflate slavery and racism when interpreting the written record left by Union soldiers.
Such a bottom-up analysis places Civil War soldiers at the very center of the events that led Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in September We feel in our bones that is not over and the coming years I fear may bear some bitter fruit. I ultimately think nationalism was a strong current in both armies, but with limits.
Most Northerners had little exposure to its realities, so whom and what they saw in the South dramatically shaped their thinking, convincing them "that the immoral and blighting institution of slavery was antithetical to republican government, and that any republican government that tried to accommodate slavery was doomed to eventual failure.
All in all, the Civil War becomes less a revolutionary moment and more a transformation, bloody and catastrophic, but largely unfinished one-hundred years later.
Hess, Randall Jimerson, and James McPherson have all offered explanations that explore a wide spectrum of motivating factors; these include religion, Victorian concepts of manhood and courage, and the strong bonds of esprit de corps and camaraderie forged by the realities of battle and camp life.
The Second Inaugural Address was less memorable than Gettysburg, but even more beautifully written and probably as important as a window into his thinking about the war and its meaning. The war gave birth to renewed ideas on liberty and justice, but also nationalism.
In James McPherson published With Cause and Comrades Oxford University Presswhich provided one of the most sophisticated accounts of how slavery and race shaped the political and ideological outlooks of soldiers in both armies. An account of civil war soldiers attitudes towards slavery and black people as tracked through their letters.
We are still picking up the pieces from "that cruel war. Black soldiers were conflicted about serving a government that was often di I love Manning's style:What This Cruel War Was Over will no doubt give Civil War enthusiasts a great deal to ponder, given the continued resistance in some circles to acknowledging the central role that slavery played in both the cause and the outcome of the war.
About What This Cruel War Was Over In this unprecedented account, Chandra Manning uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers to take the reader inside the minds of Civil War soldiers-black and white, Northern and Southern-as they fought and marched across a divided country.
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In this unprecedented account, Chandra Manning uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers to take the reader inside the minds of Civil War soldiers-black and white/5(44). From its tenuous premise to its tepid execution to its terrible style, What This Cruel War Was Over leaves readers wishing for only one thing: for it to be over.4/5.
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What This Cruel War Was Over will no doubt give Civil War enthusiasts a great deal to ponder, given the continued resistance in some circles to acknowledging the central role that slavery played in both the cause and the outcome of the war.Download