So far as I known, contemporary historians would take no significant exceptions to Rhodes excellent little work. I acknowledge the aid of my secretary, Miss Wyman; that of Charles K. It is sometimes a progressive idea. Two years of university work preceded a trip abroad during which he dabbled in history, literature, journalism and metaphysics, embarking on his life-long habit of slow, painstaking, prodigious reading. He clearly educates the reader of the political and economic conditions that lead both sides in the early years of the war to conceal from public discourse the obvious and evident nature of the true cause, that of course being slavery. Forecasting perhaps the beneficial influences of the skilled journalist on historical writing, he shunned prolixity, believing his narrative must drive consistently straight along the path of history, without deviating to the back roads of anecdote without purpose or a story for its own sake.
Slavery did not seem to play a significant part in the causes of the war. The economy was completely renovated and focused on private profit. Charles Beard wrote a great book, in many ways — we now can look at it and see all kinds of holes in it — a book called The Economic Interpretation of the American Civil War. As numerous, brilliant scholars of southern nationalism, from Drew Faust to John McCardell and others have argued — and I will come back to this in a couple of weeks — a southern nation did come out of this confederacy, but it was born almost overnight, and not by a lot of long-term planning. If an attempt was made to coerce a State, Virginia would join the Southern Confederacy. The differences that caused sectional tension were based on things like Protestantism or nativism.
History offers an exciting introduction to the debates surrounding the major trends in American historical debates and the crucial events and influences that have helped define the American experience. Slavery had very little to do with it. Therefore, the argument in favor of economic determinism says, it is natural to expect that the overwhelming amount of the decisions made by people will involve their pursuit of food, clothing, and shelter. Livermore, Story of the Civil War; J. There is a discussion of the politics and the Democratic Party turning into the Copperheads, while some legitimate opposition positions were lost as a result of the party pushing their opposition to Lincoln and the war.
The issue, he argued, was that the South fought to extend slavery — an institution condemned by ethics, Christianity, and the modern world. Written almost a hundred years ago this single volume history of the Civil War by Ohio native James Ford Rhodes is quite engaging in its straight forward narrative. Economic determinism as understood by Marxism is the belief that economic determine the course of history. Craven That is a very interesting post. However, after the war, Jefferson Davis wrote what is probably the longest, most turgid, belabored, 1200 page defense of a failed political revolution in the history of language. It is interesting while reading this book to think about the way the perceptions of the United States Civil War have changed over the years.
He calls it their Battle Cry of Freedom, referring to their often painful pathway to success the national Ordeal by Fire. Since writing the three volumes, published respectively in 1895, 1899 and 1904, much new original material has come to light and valuable treatments of certain periods of the Civil War have appeared. He detailed the corruption he found in the Republican governments in Washington, D. I was impressed with the scope of the book, covering not just the fighting, but politics, foreign interest, diplomacy, economics, business, and society as well, to name a few. He supported Wilson's position calling for American entry in the League of Nations.
But due to its nature, you sometimes notice the lack of detail in the book. They increased from a few unprofitable savages to millions of efficient Christian laborers. Rhodes perceives the Civil War as a tragic set of chapters in a longer story that is filled with progress and improvement. Feuds, vendettas, past-generation fighting think Hatfields vs McCoys are often about hate and payback. In addition, he is unswerved by the decades of study that detail the racism rampant even among that tiny group that was most intent on freedom for the slaves. As he points out, the official naval records, diaries, reminiscences, letters and memoirs, biographies, studies of the military aspects of the war, all had added richly to the knowledge of the conflict. Americanists, in particular, have been conscious of the growing importance of gender issues, the 'turn' to questions of language and meaning, the increasing significance of cultural matters, and a new emphasis on regional history.
Often described as morally and mentally superior to the average citizen, Lincoln cleverly does not make a move until he has carefully prepared the voter to demand that very move that he had intended to make. Remarkable for its scholarly research, objectivity and engrossing narrative style, this volume is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding studies — and the first unbiased history — of the Civil War. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the Government. Rhodes worked methodically, collecting the evidence, considering the opinions of others, and then precisely and lucidly presenting his own conclusions. These can be powerful forces which directly affect people's behavior.
This Dover edition contains a cogent new introduction by John Herbert Roper, Richardson Professor of American History, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia. Bolton, Librarian, Miss Wildman and Miss Cattanach, assistants in the Boston Athenaeum. Herein he preserves his crystal-like delineation, quickened into brevity by expeditious summations. He was never politically active. The fear was the growing, or the growth now for them of a kind of minority status, that that Republican Party in the North now had the potential, given the population of the North, this sectional, anti-slavery party, had the potential to really take over the House of Representatives, in huge numbers.
James Ford Rhodes was one of those trustees. Academically accepted, it has served as a grounding for all varieties of students of the Civil War to build their knowledge and whet their enthusiasm. James Ford Rhodes May 1st, 1848 - January 22nd, 1927 was both an industrialist and an historian. Rhodes leaves no stone unturned throughout it. Some of these same guys who were so caught up in defense of honor, of course, loved Shakespeare. The interesting state of the monetary currency, the impressment issue in the North and South and other matters of the Civil War.