By Matthew Warshauer

Connecticut within the American Civil War deals readers a awesome window into the state’s involvement in a clash that challenged and outlined the solidarity of a state. The arc of the battle is traced throughout the many aspects and tales of battlefield, domestic entrance, and manufacturing unit. Matthew Warshauer masterfully finds the various attitudes towards slavery and race prior to, in the course of, and after the conflict; Connecticut’s response to the firing on castle Sumter; the dissent within the country over even if the sword and musket will be raised opposed to the South; the elevating of troops; the sacrifice of these who served at the entrance and at domestic; and the necessity for closure after the struggle. This publication is a concise, notable account of a fancy and troubling conflict. nobody attracted to this era of yank heritage can manage to pay for to overlook examining this crucial contribution to our nationwide and native stories.

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Understanding this situation makes it difficult to argue that Connecticut went to war in 1861 to emancipate slaves and secure the future of its black residents. 40 } Connecticut in the American Civil War chapter two And the War Came 1860-61 The Republican victory in Connecticut and Abraham Lincoln’s election as president were not inevitable. Each was the result of carefully coordinated campaigns and the marshaling of voters into the anti-Southern, Republican camp. Nor was war certain. Some believed that talk of secession was merely a Southern bluff.

83 It, more than any other single act leading to the Civil War, caused whites to express genuine sympathy for slaves. That sympathy was different from favoring outright abolition, but it nonetheless served abolitionists’ purposes. An excellent example is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The author was moved by the passage of the fugitive slave law to write the novel, which portrays the plight of the black family and the sins of slavery for which both Northerners and Southerners were culpable.

35 It was within the realm of education that Connecticut abolitionists, often encouraged and supported by those outside the state, focused their efforts. ” 36 The white residents of New Haven disagreed. Mayor Dennis Kimberly called a town meeting that passed resolutions promising to resist the plan. The New Haven Palladium announced with some astonishment: “We mean, without any jesting, to say that there has been an attempt, a serious attempt, to get up an institution in this place for the education of colored men .

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