Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877 / Edition 1

Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877 / Edition 1

by Richard Franklin Bensel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521398177

ISBN-13: 9780521398176

Pub. Date: 01/28/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book describes the impact of the American Civil War on the development of central state authority in the late nineteenth century. The author contends that intense competition for control of the national political economy between the free North and slave South produced secession, which in turn spawned the formation of two new states, a market-oriented northern…  See more details below

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This book describes the impact of the American Civil War on the development of central state authority in the late nineteenth century. The author contends that intense competition for control of the national political economy between the free North and slave South produced secession, which in turn spawned the formation of two new states, a market-oriented northern Union and a southern Confederacy in which government controls on the economy were much more important. During the Civil War, the American state both expanded and became the agent of northern economic development. After the war ended, however, tension within the Republican coalition led to the abandonment of Reconstruction and to the return of former Confederates to political power throughout the South. As a result, American state expansion ground to a halt during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book makes a major contribution to the understanding of the causes and consequences of the Civil War and the legacy of the war in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521398176
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Modernization, southern separatism, and state formation in American political development; 2. The political economy of secession and civil war; 3. War mobilization and state formation in the northern Union and southern Confederacy; 4. Gold, greenbacks, and the political economy of finance capital after the Civil War; 5. Legislation, the Republican party, and finance capital during Reconstruction; 6. State structure and Reconstruction: the political legacy of the Civil War; 7. Southern separatism and the class basis of American politics; Index.

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