By Robert Sobel
In the 1st full-scale biography of Calvin Coolidge in a new release, Robert Sobel shatters the cartoon of our 30th president as a silent, do-nothing chief. Sobel delves into the checklist to teach how Coolidge lower taxes 4 instances, had the cheap surplus each year in workplace, and reduce the nationwide debt by means of a 3rd in a interval of unparalleled fiscal growth.
Though his record of accomplishments is awesome, Calvin Coolidge used to be maybe most sensible recognized and most beneficial via his contemporaries for his personality. american citizens within the Nineteen Twenties embraced Coolidge for his upstanding personality, which got here as a breath of unpolluted air after the scandal-ridden management of Warren G. Harding. via learn and research, Sobel finds Coolidge's transparent list of political successes and promises the message that Coolidge had for our time—a message that speaks on to our most vital political debates. Coolidge's legacy is his deeds, now not his words—which is precisely how he may have selected to be remembered by means of heritage.
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Thousands of troops are encamped here. ” The transformation of the city from a quiet Southern town into a bustling war time capital made a powerful impression on everyone who witnessed it. “Thousands of troops was sent to Richmond from all parts of the South,” remembered John M. Washington, a former slave who was hired out in the capital when the war broke out. ”57 Hood’s Texas Brigade, Texas to Virginia, 1861 40 Nation Building on the Road The new arrivals turned the city into a diverse hub where the full spectrum of Southern dialect, dress, and deportment was on vivid display.
Settlement moved along an east-west axis, with Virginians settling Kentucky, North Carolinians going to Tennessee, and South Carolinians and Georgians striking out for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 36 Land in the Deep South and Southwest was fertile, abundant, and relatively cheap. Most important, it did not easily cover with frost. This was a critical factor, since two hundred days of frost-free soil were a preliminary condition for growing the crop that made the South not just a section, but a kingdom.
48 The slave traders who led the coffles down south were carry ing with them not just individuals, but the institution of slavery itself. In 1790, 45 percent of the region’s black population lived in Virginia and the state was the geographic center of human bondage in America. On the eve of the Civil War, that rate had dropped to 12 percent and the center of the slave society had moved to western Georgia. 49 The Old Dominion, where American slavery had been born, was no longer the quintessential slave state.