NPS Primary Theme: Both North and South mobilized industry to an unprecedented degree. Industrial mobilization in the South represented a manifold increase over its pre-war capacity. Northern industry mobilized to conduct a war designed not just to defend Union territory, but to invade the South, defeat Confederate armies, and occupy Southern territory—a huge and unprecedented task that required all of the resources the North could muster.
NPS Subtheme: The mobilization of both Northern and Southern industry in support of the war was a dramatic indication to the world of America’s industrial potential—and a foreshadow of the decisive role American industry would play in shaping the political, economic, and military realities of the 20th Century.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.