By Adam Goodheart
An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of the way the Civil struggle started and a moment American revolution spread out, surroundings Abraham Lincoln at the route to greatness and hundreds of thousands of slaves at the street to freedom.
In this gripping and unique ebook, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known forged of Civil warfare 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 group of Virginia slaves, and a tender university professor who could sooner or later turn into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White condominium 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 situation and decision.
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Importers stocked still more clocks as well as watches, as we have seen. 46 Although the proportion of Philadelphia’s households with clocks may have been higher than elsewhere in the United States, even there mechanical timepieces were not yet everyday paraphernalia. Despite Philadelphia’s centrality to American clockmaking prior to 1800, it was in Massachusetts and Connecticut that innovations were being made that would put a clock in nearly every American home, including most of Philadelphia’s.
Steam engines, gaslight, telegraphs, telephones, electricity, phonography, photography, combustion engines, and wireless communications fundamentally changed social and cultural experiences of time and space. Ever increasing speeds—of mechanical operations and of the circulation of goods, capital, and people—necessitated ever closer attention to coordination, synchronization, and precision in timekeeping. In reducing the length of time it took to relay a message or travel to a destination, communication and transportation technologies served to compress, though not eradicate, geographic space.
Economies of scarcity dictated the habits and practices of the vast majority of people. To wit, the world was not yet modern. Modern it would become when time and space ceased to pose meaningful barriers to the circulation of news, ideas, goods, and people. When it took a long time to traverse even small distances, the differences in time between places did not much matter. Each place had its own time, set by the sun and the stars. But the speed of railroads, steamboats, and telegraphy knit larger and larger geographic expanses together into one place.