By Adam Goodheart
An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of ways the Civil battle begun and a moment American revolution spread out, environment Abraham Lincoln at the route to greatness and hundreds of thousands of slaves at the street to freedom.
In this gripping and unique ebook, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known solid of Civil conflict heroes—among them an acrobatic military colonel, an explorer’s spouse, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of recent York urban firemen, a group of Virginia slaves, and a tender university professor who could in the future turn into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White condo to the slums of long island, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston universal to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its second of final difficulty and decision.
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The shock to the American South was electric. The success of the freed slaves in defeating the French militarily and the bloodbath that followed alerted whites in all slaveholding areas that their safety was not certain. In Charleston, where blacks had formed a majority from time out of mind, fresh stories of atrocities that circulated with each new shipload of refugees only reinforced the acute fear of slave violence. ” The Charleston elite felt a particular bond with these children that crossed language barriers, and even superseded their relationship with the poor whites of Charleston.
Susan Lamott was born in New York, but her mother had died in the Charleston Poor House. Emily Darnes had been born in Boston, but at the age of seven had already endured two years in the Poor House. Elizabeth Downie’s mother was living on Anson Street in Charleston, but the child was a native of some other part of South Carolina. 58 The other point Poor House commissioners repeatedly made was that a child moved to the Orphan House benefited both the city’s budget and the child. The child entered an institution designed for children, and the Poor House had one less mouth to feed.
But we might infer from cases left out of the record that many efforts by friends, neighbors, clergy, and extended family sufficed. Because those children did not come to the Orphan House, they did not enter the historical record. The notion of communities of the poor and nearpoor is noteworthy because it is overlooked in so much of the scholarly and popular literature on the poor. Precisely because they lived outside of most formal labor markets, the poor had little to do with the rise of any kind of capitalist economy in the early republic, and so can hardly be pictured as the victims of a capitalist economy that came to rely on commoditized labor.
1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart