A Disease in the Public Mind by Thomas Fleming
A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War

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A Disease in the Public Mind is not simply a thoughtful read, it is another call never to forget our sordid past, to face and conquer our fears...
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By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a “holy martyr” in their campaign against Southern slave owners. This Northern hatred for Southerners long predated their objections to slavery. They were convinced that New England, whose spokesmen had begun the American Revolution, should have been the leader of the new nation. Instead, they had been displaced by Southern “slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson. This malevolent envy exacerbated the South’s greatest fear: a race war. Jefferson’s cry, “We are truly to be pitied,” summed up their dread. For decades, extremists in both regions flung insults and threats, creating intractable enmities. By 1861, only a civil war that would kill a million men could save the Union.
 

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Thomas Fleming is a distinguished historian and the author of more than fifty books. A frequent guest on PBS, A&E, and the History Channel, Fleming has contributed articles to American Heritage, MHQ, and other magazines. He lives in New York.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Da Capo Press. 386 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Roberts on May 24 2013

By the end of this superbly revisionist book, readers are more likely to conclude that Garrison was defining his crusade by such fanaticism rather than distorting it.

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Reviewed by J. W. Nicklaus on May 06 2013

A Disease in the Public Mind is not simply a thoughtful read, it is another call never to forget our sordid past, to face and conquer our fears...

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