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Catherine Clinton, professor of US history at Queen’s University Belfast, mixes history and biography to humanize Tubman, one of America’s most-recognized, but little-known heroes.
Why were the South's political leaders so worried about whether slavery would be permitted in the West when geography and climate made it unlikely that slavery would ever prosper in the area? The answer lies in the South's growing awareness of its minority status in the Union, of the elimination of slavery in many other areas of the Western Hemisphere, and of the decline of slavery in the upper South.During the first half of the nineteenth century, slave labor was becoming an exception in the world. During the early years of the...
By early 1863, the Civil War had begun to cause severe hardship on the southern home front. Not only was most of the fighting taking place in the South, but also as the Union blockade grew more effective and the South's railroad system deteriorated, shortages grew increasingly common. In Richmond, food riots erupted in April 1863. A war department clerk wrote: "I have lost twenty pounds, and my wife and children are emaciated."The Confederacy also suffered rampant inflation. Fearful of undermining support for the war effort,...