New Book Discusses Civil War Innovations

Andrew Smith’s new Civil War book explores difference between farmers in the North and South.

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As the Civil War turns 150, it’s hard to believe that any author could come up with a unique idea. But Andrew Smith has in Starving the South. He says that while Southern farmers went for cash crops, like cotton, Northerners grew food, keeping the Union troops nourished. Also credit innovations like canning and Lincoln’s formalizing Thanksgiving, he says.


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