By Mark M. Smith

Arguing for the significance of the aural size of historical past, Mark M. Smith contends that to appreciate what it intended to be northern or southern, slave or free--to comprehend sectionalism and the attitudes towards modernity that ended in the Civil War--we needs to think of how antebellum americans comprehended the sounds and silences they heard.

Smith explores how northerners and southerners perceived the sounds linked to antebellum advancements together with the industry revolution, industrialization, westward growth, and abolitionism. In northern modernization, southern slaveholders heard the noise of the mob, the din of industrialism, and threats to what they thought of their quiet, orderly lifestyle; in southern slavery, northern abolitionists and capitalists heard the screams of enslaved exertions, the silence of oppression, and indications of premodernity that threatened their imaginative and prescient of the yankee destiny. Sectional awareness used to be profoundly inspired through the sounds humans attributed to their areas. And as sectionalism hardened into fierce antagonism, it propelled the state towards its so much earsplitting clash, the Civil War.

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