Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Government & The American EconomyA New History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Price V. Fishback

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226251271

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226251295.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use (for details see www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 December 2018

The Civil War and Reconstruction

The Civil War and Reconstruction

(p.188) 7 The Civil War and Reconstruction
Government & The American Economy

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

University of Chicago Press

Prior to the Civil War, the United States stood out as one of the few remaining world powers striving to uphold the ancient but waning institution of slavery. Now it had dramatically and decisively joined the cause of abolition. This chapter looks at the impact of the Civil War on the American economy, and the way the outcome of the war and Reconstruction established the strength of the federal government. It begins with a brief survey of how the relation between the U.S. economy and government was evolving in the antebellum years. It then examines slavery both as labor system and as cause of sectional strife. It also discusses the war's impact on government in four overlapping realms: military mobilization, public finance, civil liberties, and economic mobilization. It shows that the Union and the Confederacy, the two central states involved in the Civil War, were in most respects mirror images, with a few intriguing variations on a theme. Finally, the chapter takes up the war's legacy as it played out in the South under Reconstruction and in the nation overall.

Keywords:   Civil War, United States, Reconstruction, Union, Confederacy, military mobilization, public finance, civil liberties, government, economy

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.