City of Sedition
- The History of New York City During the Civil War
- Narrated by: Mark Boyett
- Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-02-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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No city was more of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort - or more of a hindrance. No city raised more men, money, and matériel for the war, and no city raised more hell against it. It was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists but simultaneously a city of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition.
Without his New York supporters, it's highly unlikely Lincoln would have made it to the White House. Yet because of the city's vital and intimate business ties to the Cotton South, the majority of New Yorkers never voted for him and were openly hostile to him and his politics. Throughout the war New York City was a nest of antiwar "Copperheads" and a haven for deserters and draft dodgers. New Yorkers would react to Lincoln's wartime policies with the deadliest rioting in American history. The city's political leaders would create a bureaucracy solely devoted to helping New Yorkers evade service in Lincoln's army. Rampant war profiteering would create an entirely new class of New York millionaires, the "shoddy aristocracy". New York newspapers would be among the most vilely racist and vehemently antiwar in the country. Some editors would call on their readers to revolt and commit treason; a few New Yorkers would answer that call. They would assist Confederate terrorists in an attempt to burn their own city down and collude with Lincoln's assassin.
Here, in City of Sedition, a gallery of fascinating New Yorkers comes to life - the likes of Horace Greeley, Walt Whitman, Julia Ward Howe, Boss Tweed, Thomas Nast, Matthew Brady, and Herman Melville. This book follows the fortunes of these figures and chronicles how many New Yorkers seized the opportunities the conflict presented to amass capital, create new industries, and expand their markets, laying the foundation for the city's - and the nation's - growth.
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By Pianoman on 12-02-16
Read twice...post election antidote
for those who were wringing their proverbial hands post election, i found this an eye opening and emotional account of how far we have come. it also challenges us to be vigilant and more understanding of what our brothers and sisters experienced.
narrator excellent...skillful weaving of characters throughout....they didn't teach this in high school when I was young. worth reading twice+
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