Starving the South How the North Won the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0312601816
ISBN-13: 9780312601812
Edition: 2011
Authors: Andrew F. Smith
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List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/12/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

A historian's new look at how Union blockades brought about the defeat of a hungry ConfederacyIn April 1861, Lincoln ordered a blockade of Southern ports used by the Confederacy for cotton and tobacco exporting as well as for the importation of food. The Army of the Confederacy grew thin while Union dinner tables groaned and Northern canning operations kept Grant's army strong. InStarving the South,Andrew Smith takes a gastronomical look at the war's outcome and legacy. While the war split the country in a way that still affects race and politics today, it also affected the way we eat: It transformed local markets into nationalized food suppliers, forced the development of a Northern canning industry, established Thanksgiving as a national holiday and forged the first true national cuisine from the recipes of emancipated slaves who migrated north. On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter, Andrew Smith is the first to ask "Did hunger defeat the Confederacy?".

Prologue
Lincoln's Humbug of a Blockade
Scarcity and Hunger
Bread Riots
Abundance and Organization
Gibraltar of the Mississippi
Traders or Traitors?
The Confederacy's Breadbasket
Giving Thanks and No Thanks
Hard War
Capital Hunger
Epilogue
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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