Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Legacies of the Civil War

The June 2011 edition of AARP Bulletin contained an article "The Civil War: Freedom and 49 Other Ways It Changed American Life."  Among some of the more interesting impacts were the following:

  1. 13th Amendment - slavery banned
  2. 14th Amendment - citizenship for all born in the U.S.
  3. 15th Amendment - voting rights for all male citizens regardless of race
  4. Modern hospital organization
  5. Embalming techniques
  6. Safer surgical techniques
  7. Improved anesthesia
  8. Organized ambulance and nurses' corps
  9. 15,000 miles of new telegraph lines
  10. Mass production of canned food
  11. Battlefield photography
  12. Can openers
  13. Home-delivered mail
  14. Left and right shoes shaped differently
  15. Standard pre-made clothing in small, medium, and large sizes
  16. National paper currency
  17. Soldier ID tags
  18. Ironclad ships
  19. First national cemeteries
  20. Network of soldiers homes that becomes Veterans Administration
  21. Social care for veterans' widows and orphans
To read the rest, please see the article by Betty Towner in  AARP Bulletin, June 2011, Vol. 52 No. 5, p.39.

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