By Adam Goodheart

ISBN-10: 1400032199

ISBN-13: 9781400032198

An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of the way the Civil battle started and a moment American revolution spread out, environment 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 solid of Civil struggle heroes—among them an acrobatic military colonel, an explorer’s spouse, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of latest York urban firemen, a neighborhood of Virginia slaves, and a tender university professor who could sooner or later develop into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White condominium to the slums of ny, 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 obstacle and decision.

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In some residential areas they ignored the new streets and built elevated walkways from the front door to reach the street. The Chicago River became the city’s giant sewer. Various proposals were made to deal with the increasingly polluted river. The winning proposal was Chesbrough’s deep-cut plan. He would reverse the flow of the river by deepening the Illinois and Michigan Canal and using gravity to make the river flow away from the lake. The huge public works project allowed Chicago’s polluters to continue using the river as a huge sink while the state government gave taxpayers a virtual free ride by issuing municipal bonds backed by a lien on traffic tolls on the canal.

39 The Germans as well as the Irish were victims of the potato blight, but the Germans also emigrated after 1848 as a result of the unsuccessful European revolutions that gave birth to Marxism. Political exiles flooded into Chicago’s “Deutschdom,” planting the radical seeds that would flower after 1871. In 1850, Germans made up about one-sixth of the city’s population. In that census they surpassed the Irish, and by the end of the century 470,000 Chicagoans (25 ­percent of the city’s population) had either been born in Germany or were 31 32 Chapter One born to a German immigrant.

Various proposals were made to deal with the increasingly polluted river. The winning proposal was Chesbrough’s deep-cut plan. He would reverse the flow of the river by deepening the Illinois and Michigan Canal and using gravity to make the river flow away from the lake. The huge public works project allowed Chicago’s polluters to continue using the river as a huge sink while the state government gave taxpayers a virtual free ride by issuing municipal bonds backed by a lien on traffic tolls on the canal.

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