Social and Industrial Conditions in the North during the Civil War

Social and Industrial Conditions in the North during the Civil War

Social and Industrial Conditions in the North during the Civil War

Social and Industrial Conditions in the North during the Civil War

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This book is a description of the occupations and pursuits of the North during the Civil War. The histories of the period thus far written seem to leave the impression on the present generation that war and politics were the only topics which then held the attention of the people, or at best to leave a confused notion as to the actual social and industrial conditions of this exciting epoch. An attempt is here made to ascertain what the people at home were doing to gain their livelihood during the memorable struggle; what were their personal interests and pleasures; what attention they gave to other than political and military matters; how far the normal activities of the nation were maintained; how far and in what respects they were changed.

Socially and industrially the North was more active and prosperous than ever before, for the war and war politics did not subvert these phases of the national life. The output of raw material from the farms, the mines, and the forests was unusual, and transportation and manufacturing activity was extraordinary; practically all branches of commercial life flourished. Both capital and labor were alive to their respective interests and made definite advances toward present-day conditions; there was progress in public improvements, while generous contributions for educational, charitable, and religious pur-

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