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Vol.1, Issue 1, 2015, pp.80-96 Full text


Author: Tadd Graham Fernée
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New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

This article analyses Enlightenment ideas and nation-making practices in the American Civil War and pre-War civil societies. It analyses African American mobilization and the abolitionist movement, and Lincoln’s role in war, reconciliation and development. The international context is investigated in a case for relational nation making. The role of non-violent mobilization is assessed. It examines the war’s social revolutionary implications. The war’s unprecedented violence anticipated 20th century total war, fundamentally deciding the republic’s future. State/civil society interactions, and changes in public moral perception, reshape longstanding institutional arrangements, and decide core ethical issues including the meaning of humanity.

Keywords: American Civil War, Enlightenment, slavery, mass movements, revolution, globalization, modernization, religion

Article history:
Received: 13 October 2014;
Accepted: 31 January 2015;
Published: 1 February 2015

Citation (APA6):
Fernée, T. G. (2015). The American Civil War as a social revolution: The Enlightenment, providental consciousness and changes in moral perception. English Studies at NBU, 1(1), 80-96. ☍

Copyright © 2015 Tadd Graham Fernée

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