By Thomas Fleming
By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a “holy martyr” of their crusade opposed to Southern slave proprietors. This Northern hatred for Southerners lengthy predated their objections to slavery. They have been confident that New England, whose spokesmen had started the yankee Revolution, must have been the chief of the hot country. in its place, they'd been displaced through Southern “slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson.
This malevolent envy exacerbated the South’s maximum worry: a race conflict. Jefferson’s cry, “We are really to be pitied,” summed up their dread. for many years, extremists in either areas flung insults and threats, developing intractable enmities. by means of 1861, just a civil struggle that may kill one million males might store the Union.
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Alma said that her mother threatened to tell our Uncle Everett, Mother’s and Auntie Claire’s brother, about a gold mining venture that she thinks is bad but that Uncle 21 Bayard wants Uncle Everett up in Boston to invest in. , MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR WOMEN’S SUF- or my favorite, MEN, THEIR RIGHTS AND NOTHING MORE; WOMEN, THEIR RIGHTS AND NOTHING LESS. The weather is bitter cold, close to zero. Everyone expected the women to quit after the first day. The newspaper photographers came and took a few pictures.
Summer seems so far away. I wonder if the picket line will still be going in the summer. Or will we be in the war? Oh, Lord, I just had a terrible thought! What if America goes into the war and Father must go too because he is a doctor and Mother is still on the picket line? 24 And Nell says that if America gets into the war she is going to join the Women’s Ambulance Corps. She doesn’t even know how to drive! But the point is I shall be left all alone. It is a chilling thought. Imagine me sitting by myself in the big dining room night after night with only Marietta bringing in covered dishes of steamed vegetables and plates of ham and corn bread just for me.
Kind of odd, if you ask me. I went into Nell’s room to say good night just a few minutes ago and she was pinning up a picture she had gotten of the Women’s Ambulance Corps. They were all standing in front of their ambulances somewhere in France in very snappy outfits. They did look good. They wore belted fitted jackets and skirts that buttoned down the front and high boots. I loved their hats. Flat on top with a patent leather bill. And they also wore gloves. I guess it’s easier to pick up wounded bodies that are 38 slippery with blood if you wear gloves.
A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War by Thomas Fleming