Hell Before Breakfast [EPUB]
09 November 2018, 17:53
2014 | EPUB | 36.26MB
From the acclaimed author of The Pattons and Patriot Pirates: a book celebrating America's early war correspondents--legends in their time, but mostly forgotten today--who learned their trade in the Civil War and went on to cover twenty years of bloody imperial conflict in Europe and Central Asia. Their harrowing experiences changed their politics, their youthful illusions of war's glory and thrill, and in some cases cost their lives, while also setting examples of globetrotting gallantry that would influence such iconic daredevils as Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, and Theodore Roosevelt in the decades that followed.
It was the dawn of America's Gilded Age. Thanks to advances in the electric telegraph and the transatlantic cable, the reporters' dispatches were featured in daily newspapers that proliferated as never before on both sides of the Atlantic, driving public opinion and fueling political passions that wouldn't resolve until World War I. Inspired by history's first war correspondent, William H. Russell of The Times of London, they interpreted Russell's heartbreaking account of the Charge of Light Brigade not as tragedy but as grand adventure. Hard experience would teach them otherwise, yet the romance of their profession remained. Said one of them even after he'd lost his health, buried his friends, and seen the terrible truth of combat: "To have lived at the very heart of everything that was most sensational in those sensational days--what joy!" Their editors and newspaper owners treated them like cannon fodder, sending them repeatedly into harm's way to obtain the exclusive battlefield "beat," but the reporters didn't mind. Even in bitter competition they were a brotherhood above all. Hell Before Breakfast is their marvelous story.
The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War [EPUB]
09 November 2018, 17:19
2018 | EPUB | 27.65MB
The devastating story of how fugitive slaves drove the nation to Civil War
For decades after its founding, America was really two nations--one slave, one free. There were many reasons why this composite nation ultimately broke apart, but the fact that enslaved black people repeatedly risked their lives to flee their masters in the South in search of freedom in the North proved that the "united" states was actually a lie. Fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison-house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and by enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human "property," fugitive slaves forced the nation to confront the truth about itself.
By 1850, with America on the verge of collapse, Congress reached what it hoped was a solution-- the notorious Compromise of 1850, which required that fugitive slaves be returned to their masters. Like so many political compromises before and since, it was a deal by which white Americans tried to advance their interests at the expense of black Americans. Yet the Fugitive Slave Act, intended to preserve the Union, in fact set the nation on the path to civil war. It divided not only the American nation, but also the hearts and minds of Americans who struggled with the timeless problem of when to submit to an unjust law and when to resist.
The fugitive slave story illuminates what brought us to war with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still.
Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation [EPUB]
09 November 2018, 11:39
2018 | EPUB | 43.4MB
Before the robber barons there were Civil War barons--a remarkable yet largely unknown group of men whose contributions won the war and shaped America's future.
The Civil War woke a sleeping giant in America, creating unprecedented industrial growth that not only supported the struggle but reshaped the nation.
Energized by the country's dormant potential and wealth of natural resources, individuals of vision, organizational talent, and capital took advantage of the opportunity that war provided. Their innovations sustained Union troops, affected military strategy and tactics, and made the killing fields even deadlier. Their ranks included men such as:
- John Deere, whose plows helped feed large armies
- Gail Borden, whose condensed milk nourished the Union army
- The Studebaker Brothers, whose wagons moved war supplies from home front to war front
- Robert Parrott, whose rifled cannon was deployed on countless battlefields
- and many others.
Individually, these men came to dominate industry and amass great wealth and power; collectively, they helped save the Union and refashion the economic fabric of a nation.
Utilizing extensive research in manuscript collections, company records, and contemporary newspapers, historian Jeffry D. Wert casts a revealing light on the individuals most responsible for bringing the United States into the modern age.