Skip to comments.How the Civil War Changed Your Life
Posted on 04/27/2013 3:45:10 AM PDT by daniel1212
8 things to think about as we mark the conflict's 150th anniversary.
Some ring strong: of course the end of slavery, perhaps the worst disgrace in the nation's history. And the 620,000 ancestors lost. Other vestiges have weakened with the passage of time but are no less legacies of the four horrific, heroic years that shaped us as one nation.
Here are eight ways the Civil War indelibly changed us and how we live:
1. We have ambulances and hospitals.
The Civil War began during medieval medicine's last gasp and ended at the dawn of modern medicine. Each side entered the war with puny squads of physicians trained by textbook, if at all. Four years later, legions of field-tested doctors, well-versed in anatomy, anesthesia and surgical practice, were poised to make great medical leaps.
The nation's first ambulance corps, organized to rush wounded soldiers to battlefront hospitals and using wagons developed and deployed for that purpose, was created during the Civil War. The idea was to collect wounded soldiers from the field, take them to a dressing station and then transport them to the field hospital.
Doctors laid out the hospitals as camps divided into well-defined wards for specific activities such as surgery and convalescence. Women flocked to serve these hospitals as nurses.
Before the war, most people received health care at home. After the war, hospitals adapted from the battlefront model cropped up all over the country. The ambulance and nurses' corps became fixtures, with the Civil War's most famous nurse, Clara Barton, going on to establish the American Red Cross. Today's modern hospital is a direct descendant of these first medical centers.
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I was interested in the content but dubious of the web source and it turns out I was right. It’s a scam for page views with the article being broken up across 8 web pages just chock full of ads of every stripe. Glad I keep tossing those AARP mailers in the trash...
#8 We’re all Americans. I disagree. The government goes to enormous lengths to make certain immigrants don’t lose their ethnicity. They teach them in their own language. I spoke with a man born in California to El Salvdoran parents. He spent his first 16 years in California public school. He said, “I quit. I hardly spoke a word of English. I was taught English by a Cuban worker. They were holding me down.”
This is commonly believed but actually not true.
The United States was used as both a singular and plural noun almost from the beginning, with a gradual shift from singular to plural in frequency.
The biggest jump in the shift came during and after the War of 1812, with another during the Civil War. The process was pretty much complete by 1900.
I grew up in Appomattox, VA - about 3 miles from the National Park. Our house and my father’s Texaco were on the road to Richmond (now US-24), so we dug up lots of minnie balls, pieces of uniform with buttons, 3 cannon shells (sombody with a metal detector found them in a field next to the Texaco), and a bayonet (my brother hung his rake on this one in our front yard). Next to the surrender grounds is the home of Joe Sweeney (5-string banjo).
you are correct. When all government and most businesses say press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, they completely remove any incentive to immerse in the American culture. Same goes for written information and documents from the government and business.
Go to France and see if they have have the same system. I guarantee they won’t for English but might for Arabic.
Very poorly written. The end of slavery was not a disgrace, it was a triumph.
It is also odd to assign disgrace for the temporary continuation of a universal practice, rather than kudos for the nation (or part of it) being willing to pay the enormous price to end it.
The United States of America didn't invent slavery, nor did we introduce it to the shores of America.
When the Nation was founded and the Constitution written, the founders had to deal with the reality that half of the Country used slave labor and would have fought with England if they couldn't continue to do so.
There would have been no United States of America because much of the money and military talent came from Virginia...a slave state.
Slavery was only legal in the USA for 78 years, not the 400 years that all the race pimps whine about, before the American revolution, this was a British Nation.
Why aren't the black race baiters pissed at England and happy with the USA for ending slavery?
“perhaps the worst disgrace in the nation’s history.”
I too took issue with that particular statement, as well as a couple of others:
1. As the name of their party suggests, these activists believed that the republic’s interests should take precedence over the states’
2. Before the Civil War, the concept of liberty and justice for all meant little unless you were white and male.
Both of the above statements, show a bit of bias all neatly wrapped in the history package, much of which might sound good but is revionist to a degree.
My Side Lost.
And lets not forget that we got the 14th amendment as well, but do you understand what it really means.
THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT- REVISITED
The trend away from doctors home visits isn’t necessarily good. For surgery yes .
I used to work with a woman from Puerto Rico. I knew her husband was a teacher in a local school. When I met him I was shocked to see that he could barely speak English.
Buts strictly speaking he didn’t need to. The school system had a huge Spanish speaking population that he was serving, and his wife took care of the English needs.
I get an AARP letter every month or so.
Cutting up the paperwork, I mail it back in their postage paid envelope.
“My side lost”
Don’t toss them in the trash. Use their prepaid mailers to send back a hand-written index card with “How’s that ObamaCare Thing working out for you?” written in large block letters.
And how did it change my life when I didn’t have a life in the 1860s?
I was just in Appomattox at the Court House on a tour. It was fascinating! My wife and I loved it.
What I don’t understand is how people today can talk about slavery with anything but disdain.
If it were legal for a single day it would be a disgrace.
And it doesn’t matter whether it was common or not. They buying and selling of people is just wrong.
I was taught the country was originally referred to as the united states of America, small u, small s.
Its probably working well for AARP their main function is selling insurance.
The buying and selling of people is wrong today although it continues in some parts of the world such as parts of africa and asia
People willingly sold themselves into slavery at many times in many cultures. Greek teachers sold themselves to Roman masters to teach children for example.
Thomas Sowell’s Culture Series of three books takes a definitive look at slavery. Good to have a world wide persective rather than a limited leftist US perspective.
Yes, i was aware of their lib leaning and throw their mail away also, and tried to get a “print view- single page” but to no avail.
The left out the part about the ruling political thought changing from the ideals of the Declaration of Independence to “might makes right”.
That is part of a larger 2nd civil war, an ideological one.
Thanks. Glad to have historian types here.
Me too - not going there.
We don’t toss the aarp mailers - we open them, put all contents including the envelope it in which it arrived and mail it back to them in their postpaid envelope. THEN, we write “TRAITORS” on the outside.
We’ve asked them to stop sending stuff....
I grew up in Appomattox, VA
How long ago did you leave?
For about 20 yrs (79-99), I would go to Appomattox almost every weekend between the third week in November to the first week in Jan. We hunted Cumberland county. Only decent place to eat was in Appomattox.
Was stationed at Ft. Lee (78-79), and we would run the Petersburg National Battlefield at least twice a week. Find minnie balls, pieces of clothing, parts of canteens, etc. all the time.
The whole area is a history lesson.
Christianity is an overcoming faith, one that places the priority on having victorious faith despite circumstances, while as Paul advised, "Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather." (1 Corinthians 7:21) And which liberty he supported in requiring an escaped and converted slaves to be received back as a brother, even as Paul himself. (Philemon)
Note that under the law there was no national debt, and no interest for citizens, with land being given to all and returned after 50 years in case they may have sold it.
Thieves worked to pay for what they stole, and Israelites who went into debt could sell themselves into servitude, but were offered freedom after 6 years, with generous "severance pay." Non Israelites could even own Israelis servants, and sell their own kin into slavery to Israelites, but which was for life and them and for offspring (in a superior nation), unless the owner knocked out a tooth, or likely something similar, while escaped slaves were not to be returned.
Now how would such things as the Madoff investment scandal fit here?
Double Bag Barf Alert.
Yes, the Civil War changed my life. Some of my ancestors were burned out of AL during Reconstruction and went GTT. Other of my ancestors were born here during the Republic of Texas.
It still exists.
It is no longer about race, we now have Universal Slavery. Slavery to the Socialist State.
We still have Free States (relatively) and we still have Slave States (definitely) Example NY, MA, MD, NJ
Where i live i am the minority. Mostly Latin America, plus Cape Verdeans, Algerians, Cambodians, African descent, Somalians (etc.). But typically, they, except the latter, are far more sociable (humility factor) than the typical yuppies who move into the better residences (with their dogs). I know because i try to offer gospel tracts to them all in their language, thank God we can.
We still have slaves but no work is required.
Slavery? You vote for me and I will ....... and you can have every day off to do what ever you want to do.
>But that year the Republican Party was founded by anti-slavery activists and refugees from other political parties to fight the iron grip of powerful southern Democrats.<
Well, knock me over with a feather. I saw the “AARP” and figured this would be a propaganda piece extraordinaire. Actually, the article is pretty balanced.
I’m in Concord....I bet you’re the only person on FR who’s heard of it and knows where it is, LOL.
Of course, it then goes on to try and lead the reader to believe the parties then totally switched ideologies, but it’s the Democrat party that went whole hog socialist. They still, of course, use race to further their agenda.
Yes, i know the source is liberal, but it is a good read and subject apart from the rest.
As far as I am conerned, 1865 sped up the demise of this country.
Slavery was a universal but not monolithic institution in the ANE, and one must understand that context of those societies, and not suppose it all fits the image we have of slavery in the antebellum South. See http://www.christian-thinktank.com/qnoslave.html and http://www.astorehouseofknowledge.info/w/Slavery
Working as a servant to pay off debts, or gaining income by selling ones offspring into slavery or having assurance of food and care for life and perpetuation in an age when this was a very changeable situation was a strong attraction. And freedom being given in case of severe injury by an owner (even a tooth lost) and prohibition against returning an escaped slave, as well as equal pay and forbidding threatening as ones that will be judged by God, (Eph. 6:9) worked toward superior treatment than slavery in other places, as God worked toward the ideal seen to a strong degree in in the organic NT church (Acts 2,4,5) in which there was no slavery. See post 31
Meanwhile, the “slavery” that replaced slavery has placed multitudes in bondage to a victim entitlement mentality, with its bitterness, lack of respect, theft, sexual immortality, and drugs and depression, and in which you do not merit or work for what you gain, but gain it by making noise about imagined or exaggerated injustices. Which lying drugs help you to do.
1. Made me proud to be a Southern boy.
2. Gave me Lee and Jackson to love.
3. Gave me Lincoln and Sherman to hate.
4. Pointed out how little I have in common with the culture of the Northeast.
5. Started the still-gathering momentum towards a totalitarian central government.
Me, I don’t have any beef with people who work for a living, look after their kids, etc. don’t much care where they’re from if they’re sharing in the same struggles as the rest of us.
Unfortunately a huge population of layabouts dominates several cities here, and they give a bad rap to their brethren who are doing right.
On a separate note, I met Somalis when I was in Chicago. They each, independently of each other, talked about their surprise at being preyed upon when they got here by who they expected to be their African brothers. They all aspired to make their nut in the city and move to the ‘burbs as soon as they old.
If you convert all the unpleantries go away.
So does your soul.
Scott/Irish were on both sides. Depended on where they settled.
Another critique states,
Please remember why this amendment was a necessity to the U.S. Constitution and for what reasons it needed to be clarified from the original writing just shy of 100 years earlier.
Senator Jacob Howard of Ohio was the author of the Citizenship Clause and defended the new language against the charge that it would make Indians citizens of the United States. Senator Howard assured skeptics that Indians born within the limits of the United States, and who maintain their tribal relations, are not, in the sense of this Amendment, born subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. (As a sidebar: Why would people from Middle or South America be construed as any different?) http://onemorecup.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/revisit-the-fourteenth-amendment-in-content-and-context/
I am not educated enough in all the aspects this relates to and am recovering from sickness, but maybe someone else has a comment.
We lost the best President we ever had, Jefferson Davis. I shall remain unreconstructed for the rest of my natural life.
You are in Concord? Well bless your heart. Yep, know where it is. Lived in Lynchburg several years. Been to Appamatox and Concord. Had friend who lived near Concord.
It is true that not all races, cultures and thus not all immigrants are the same. WW2 made that manifest.
Among those in major influx groups i have known or observed, the Chinese, Greeks, and Cambodians and are among the most industrious, but i suspect the latter may have lost more offspring to the welfare culture.
The Algerian Muslims work and want to get along, and seem to want freedom from fundamental Islam, and i see nothing suspicious, and have many happy friendly (more modestly dressed) children.
The Cape Verdeans also have large families, but like most others, they lose more to cultural immorality.
Among the Latins, most men also seem to work (how many pay taxes i know not), but there is an very high rate of unwed mothers. It almost seems to be a rite of passage to get pregnant and thus get into the extensive fed and state welfare support system, which gets “better” if one of the children is diagnosed as special needs (14% are). It seems this is more prevalent among Puerto Ricans (who play the loudest music even late at night) though i think that may be matched in many black communities. Fathers are sometimes around, but many, perhaps most, are not married, which the gov. has mode economically detrimental. But which gets pols elected who support the system.
Yet i want to help them all, most importantly to turn to Christ from sin and receive and follow Him who died for them and rose again!