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

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Overview

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 Drawing on published and unpublished sources including letters, diaries, and memoirs, he asserts that Northerners used ideology as a tool to retain their faith in their ideas.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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\ Argues that ideology and culture were major motivations for the North \ in the Civil War, looking at values held by soldiers and civilians of \ the North, such as self-government, democracy, and individualism. \ Contends that while ideology changed little during the war, dramatic \ shifts in ideology occurred after the war, due to changes in society \ and the economy. This second edition contains a new introduction, in \ which the author sharpens his argument in light of studies that have \ appeared over the past nine years. \ Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or. \
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823217984
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: North's Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl J. Hess is Associate Professor and Director of the History program at Lincoln Memorial University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Freedom and Self-Government 4
2 The Nation's Crisis 18
3 Coming to Terms 32
4 Liberty and War 56
5 White Dissent, Black Freedom 81
6 Continuity and Change 103
Notes 129
Index 151
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