03 May 2016

The Wisdom of a Yankee

Like much of early Americana, agronomy changed and began its decline during the Civil War period. Young men returned from an unnecessary war too disillusioned to go back to where they had left off: they had seen big cities and quick money. Daddy was no longer the “lord of the earth’; he was regarded as an archaic stay-at-home comic character called Rube, with shoddy clothes, rubber boots and chewing on a blade of grass. The farmstead was no longer an estate built up and left to generation after generation; from then on, children would inherit money instead, and capitalism would become as much a personal philosophy as a national economy. ~ Eric Sloane
As I've noted many times before, Eric Sloane is one of the unknown jewels of American writers and has been a favorite of mine for many years. His simple wisdom is absolutely profound and priceless. He can say more in a paragraph than most modern writers can say in a whole book.

7 comments:

Champ said...

Why does he say it was an unnecessary war?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Because it was. Unless, of course, there is something glorious about the deaths of 1 million human beings one finds attractive. Every other western nation ended slavery without war. We could have done the same.

Champ said...

Then one must ask why the south went to war over slavery.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Champ - Really? If you're looking for ad nauseum debates, you'll need to go elsewhere.

jessie sanford said...

Champ
Why did the union invade the South was it to free the slaves?

Champ said...

The south was in rebellion, the North only sought to enforce the laws and the Constitution. The South refused to accept the election of 1860.

jessie sanford said...

Good try Champ but you are wrong and you know you are wrong.