Liberty, Virtue, and Progress: Northerners and Their War for the Union / Edition 2

Liberty, Virtue, and Progress: Northerners and Their War for the Union / Edition 2

by Earl J Hess
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823217981

ISBN-13: 9780823217984

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Earl Hess has constructed the first comprehensive study of its kind to deal with Northern soldiers and civilians, with intellectual and social elites and with the masses. Drawing on published and unpublished sources including letters, diaries, and memoirs, he asserts that Northerners used ideology as a tool to retain their faith in their ideas. Northern values -…  See more details below

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Earl Hess has constructed the first comprehensive study of its kind to deal with Northern soldiers and civilians, with intellectual and social elites and with the masses. Drawing on published and unpublished sources including letters, diaries, and memoirs, he asserts that Northerners used ideology as a tool to retain their faith in their ideas. Northern values - self-government, democracy, individualism, egalitarianism, and self-control - were at the basis of American society. These values, shared by citizens both in and out of uniform, were instrumental in promoting a consensus and provided a commonly understood language that served to explain the Southern rebellion and why it was important for Unionists to crush it. Hess contends that, contrary to commonly held interpretations of war as disruptive of prewar ideals - that war produces disillusionment, cynicism, and bitterness - the Northerners' determination resulted in little change in ideology throughout even the worst of the war. He also suggests that the real change in ideology occurred after the war, due to changes in the economy and society.\

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823217984
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
North's Civil War Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Freedom and Self-Government4
2The Nation's Crisis18
3Coming to Terms32
4Liberty and War56
5White Dissent, Black Freedom81
6Continuity and Change103
Notes129
Index151
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