The Economic Impact of the American Civil War

The Economic Impact of the American Civil War

The Economic Impact of the American Civil War

The Economic Impact of the American Civil War

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The glamour of the military and political events of the Civil War years have long obscured the events of social and economic history. The sordid legacy of the political and economic reconstruction (and the character of historical writing about this period) have contributed to the lack of a dispassionate evaluation of the impact of the Civil War on the development of the American economy. Characterized by easy clichés and deceptively simple historical explanations, the subject has eluded several generations of able students and scholars. It is hoped that the eleven selections reprinted in this volume will redress this long overdue imbalance.

The readings are divided into four parts and focus on the major influences of the War on the American economy, Union and Confederate: 1) the internal economic readjustments necessitated by wartime conditions, 2) the monetary and physical cost of the War, 3) the impact of the War on post-war economic policy, and 4) the role of the War in increasing the industrialization of the American economy. A fifth part of the book brings together some of the major quantitative information on American economic history. This is useful for the critical reader who tries to evaluate the range of viewpoints presented in the various selections.

The book as a whole is directed to teachers, students, and scholars, particularly historians, as a source book for classroom and seminar discussion and for student topics in . . .

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