WINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR BEST NON FICTION BOOK OF 2016In a single definitive narrative, CITY OF SEDITION tells the spellbinding story of the huge and hugely conflicted role New York City played in the Civil War No city was of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort, or of a hindrance No city raised men, money, and materiel for theWINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR BEST NON FICTION BOOK OF 2016In a single definitive narrative, CITY OF SEDITION tells the spellbinding story of the huge and hugely conflicted role New York City played in the Civil War No city was of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort, or of a hindrance No city raised men, money, and materiel for the war, and no city raised 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 wo
City of Sedition The History of New York City during the Civil War WINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR BEST NON FICTION BOOK OF In a single definitive narrative CITY OF SEDITION tells the spellbinding story of the huge and hugely conflicted role New York City
Excellent book on the history of New York City before, during, and right after the Civil War While it focuses on New York City, it is also a very good overall history of the Civil War Lots of interesting facts about the feelings of the people in the North, their relationship with the South, and how the war affected them The general feeling is that the North favored Lincoln and beating the South, but that is not totally the case There were many in the North, especially in New York City, who reall [...]
This book was interesting, but not as good as I had hoped It is basically an accounting of individual New Yorkers and their various involvements before, during, and after the Civil War It covered all of the basics, and I found a few interesting nuggets here and there, but I was expecting of a critical analysis overview of the political and economic tensions that simmered and boiled over in New York during the Civil War There was a little of that, but most of the narrative was along the lines of [...]
Stausbaugh s entertaining and well written history is centered on how the American Civil War affected New York City, but is a bit broader in time and space The narrative begins several decades before the start of the war and ends with the death of general and murderer Dan Sickles in 1914 and the events described range beyond the city limits, especially during the war years Prior to the Civil War, the cotton trade had been the driving force in the city s economy, with the cotton harvested in the [...]
A contemporary book about significant events in U.S history can be a challenge to present to a mass audience Every reader will have a different base of knowledge about the time period before they begin reading The author was thorough in a way that should inform any reader without the expectation they already have a particular level of knowledge of the subject matter You do not need to be a history scholar to enjoy City of Sedition You only need to have an interest in New York City during the Civ [...]
Excellent book full of interesting facts and historical background.
Honestly, this book was frustrating for me I tried several times to get into it but it just wasn t possible I got to page 94 and decided it wasn t worth it I feel like it basically told me very little about New York City and also was just about people who sometimes had very loose conections to NYC I feel like the writer just followed some of the people s stories not really tying them back to the city or giving me any real clue as to what it had to do with the City I did learn that NYC was divide [...]
New York City was a very mixed city during the American Civil War There were many abolishionists but a large part of the city supported the Southern cause The poor immigrants especially Irish feared that freed slaves would take their jobs and many businessmen depended on the cotton This book does an admirable job telling the tale of the city, including the devastating draft riots and largely ineffective plans to burn down the city A though, I don t mind the battle history, it didn t seem to be r [...]
Really engaging history of the Civil War as told through the experience of New York and New Yorkers I also appreciated that it was a book that pulled no punches around Lincoln, honestly examining his rampant civil rights abuses and just how few Americans at the time supported him Strausbaugh did a masterful job all around of putting many famous figures like Walt Whitman or John Wilkes Booth on a human scale Fans of Civil War histories would probably find this treads a lot of familiar ground but [...]
City of Sedition The History of New York City During the Civil War by John Strausbaugh is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July.The book takes an intense, businesslike, almost newsprint style approach to New York before, during, and after the Civil War The topics include personal and regional economies, tales of rampant lawlessness politics and otherwise , wartime firsts international troops, declarations, and fatalities , and mild pop culture in the form of theater the Booth brothers [...]
Written by an insightful New Yorker who is on his game, this encyclopedic book details the material influence his city had on the financing and populating of the Union ranks for the War between the States The writer vividly tells the stories of the many historical figures that hovered around the NYC bright flame like so many compulsive moths Much instructive biographical info here about so many pivotal nineteenth century historical figures.
This book provides a unique perspective on the decades leading up to, and during, the Civil War New York City, the hotbed of immigrants, muckraker journalists, tycoons, Southern sympathizers and Copperheads hey, all that cotton had to be made into shirts somewhere The first part before the War was superb The second part devolves into standard Civil War narrative with less focus on NYC itself.
An incredible often humorous account of NYC during the Civil War Strausbaugh sets the stage, introduces major players, and paves the way into Reconstruction A highly enjoyable and eye opening read, packed with information and entertaining anecdotes Strausbaugh reminds readers that the issue of slavery, North vs South is not nearly as clean cut as some history accounts might have us believe.
A fascinating aspect of the Civil War that has not been well detailed before this book There are a lot of names and characters to follow, as well a lot of confusing and often confusing political threads But, in the end, Mr Strausbaugh gives us a fascinating narrative with many little known facts.
Wonderful book about NYC during the Civil War, the decades before and decades after Great cast of characters Well written NYC was pro South and pro Union, pro slave and abolitionist, for the cotton trade and for the blockade What else to expect of our greatest city
Interesting although difficult to keep the many historic personages straight
A pretty good history of New York during the war many worked to help the south
Three and a half stars rounded up.
Very detailed, excellent resource but not a casual read I skimmed through a bit of it.
This was a pretty disappointing book Less a history of New York during the Civil War and of a history of the Civil War with lots and lots of asides about New Yorkers.
New York City has been an influential city throughout our Nation s history In this book the author pulls out the threads of 19th century history that correlate with events related to the Civil War Included in the narrative are stories of the slave trade, economic links to the South, city leaders and their politics, interesting characters of the war and The time frame cover is pre Civil War through U.S Grant s administration.I found a lot of new information that I didn t know about New York City [...]
Those who can t remember the past are doomed to repeat it While President Trump has used harsh language to describe his feelings toward countries with a heavy black population, reading this book emphasized a lot worse words that came from the mouths of supposed leaders It was a different time back then, but Strausbaugh does an excellent job of portraying the inferno of a city that served as a haven for exiles from the Civil War but saw its fair share of strife I didn t realize that there was as [...]
Interesting things I didn t know before.
A thorough examination of New York s role in the Civil War era, and of some of the prominent New Yorkers who were pivotal at that time.
Excellent book on New York during the Civil War full of things I didn t know, such as the Confederate attempt to burn down NYC and Lincoln closing down papers and arresting journalists It also has a great deal of Dan Sickles, which is always fun.