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By Adam Goodheart

An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of the way the Civil conflict all started and a moment American revolution spread out, surroundings Abraham Lincoln at the route to greatness and thousands of slaves at the street to freedom.

In this gripping and unique publication, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known forged of Civil struggle heroes—among them an acrobatic armed forces colonel, an explorer’s spouse, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of recent York urban firemen, a neighborhood of Virginia slaves, and a tender university professor who could in the future turn into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White apartment to the slums of long island, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston universal to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its second of final trouble and decision.

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125 f. *Thomas Paine, The Riuhu oj Man, Part II, Ch. 4. 30 INNOCENT NATION INNOCENT WORLD One single note of realism runs through Jefferson's idyllic picture of American innocency. That consists in his preference for an agricultural over an urban society. Jefferson was confident of the future virtue of America only in so far as it would continue as an agricultural nation. Fearing the social tensions and the subordination of man to man in a highly organized social structure, his ideal community consisted of independent freeholders, each tilling his own plot of ground and enjoying the fruits of his own labor.

The mechanically contrived togetherness of our great urban centers is inimical to genuine community. For community is grounded in personal relations. In these the individual becomes most completely himself as his life enters organically into the lives of others. Thus our theory and our practice tend to stand in contradiction to our creed. But if our academic thought frequently negates our individualistic creed, our social practice is frequently better than the creed. The justice which we have established in our society has been achieved, not by pure individualism, but by collective action.

It proved that it is even more dangerous to understand the individual only in his social relations than to deny his social substance. In every instance communism changes only partly dangerous sentimentalities and inconsistencies in the bourgeois ethos into consistent and totally harmful ones. Communism is thus a fierce and unscrupulous Don Quixote on a fiery horse, determined to destroy every knight and lady of civilization; and confident that this slaughter will purge the world of evil. Like Quixote, it imagines itself free of illusions; but it is actually driven by twofold ones.

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