By David Williams
The acclaimed sweeping heritage of a state at struggle with itself, advised the following for the 1st time through the folk who lived it.
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Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yank Civil warfare even though the eyes of normal people—foot infantrymen, slaves, girls, prisoners of warfare, draft resisters, local americans, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative strikes past presidents and generals to inform a brand new and strong tale approximately America's such a lot damaging conflict.
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2 For over two centuries, the privileged men of colonial and early national America had worked to limit dissent, channel discontent, and secure wealth and power to themselves. They used the Bible and civil law to sanction Indian extermination or removal. They used God and natural law to argue for oppression of women and blacks. They used patriotism and bigotry to turn the native-born against immigrants and immigrants against each other. They used racism to unite whites across class lines and turn poor whites against blacks.
Elite control was never easy or complete. Limited concessions, such as restricted voting rights, were often necessary. But control became even more difficult as deprived peoples continued resisting oppression—actively and passively, violently and nonviolently, individually and collectively—throughout the early nineteenth century into the Civil War era. ” In the South, many common whites like Hinton Rowan Helper began to see themselves as impoverished by the dominant slave system. Slaves themselves like Frederick Douglass were becoming increasingly resistant and more difficult to control.
No slave could carry a gun, own property, travel without a written pass, testify against whites in a court of law, or learn to read or write. Slave gatherings, even for religious services, were forbidden without a white person present. Free blacks labored under similar legal restrictions. They had to have a white legal guardian and could not own property in their own names. ”25 Slave codes also forbade legal recognition of slave marriages. To permit it would have established a state-sanctioned bond between members of slave families, implicitly infringing on the “property rights” of slaveholders—specifically the right to deal with and dispose of his property as he saw fit.