By Alwyn W. Turner
The Seventies. moves, power-cuts, the three-day week, inflation, the nationwide entrance and the useless left unburied. Or, from one other viewpoint, a interval ruled by way of Morecambe & clever, glam rock, detective fiction, membership soccer, Get Carter, The Sweeney and the great lifestyles. It was once the simplest of occasions and the worst of instances. Wealth inequality used to be at a checklist low, yet business disruption used to be reached a checklist excessive. those have been the honor years of health care professional Who and Coronation highway, however the darkest days of the Northern eire clash. In 1978 London Weekend tv introduced a brand new sequence, The South financial institution express, saying that it'll disguise 'the fed on arts - cinema, rock, paperbacks or even television.' It was once an acknowledgement that in the event you desired to comprehend sleek Britain, you needed to examine pop culture. drawback? What problem? follows that lead, telling the tale of england within the Nineteen Seventies during the soaps and sitcoms, the track and films, the fiction, style and activity of the time. And it provides one an important factor: politics regarded as one of many 'consumed arts'. this isn't an insider's account of the crises that wracked Britain in that decade. quite it's a viewer's background, an international noticeable in the course of the eyes of the mass media, within which Enoch Powell, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Benn jostle for house with David Bowie, Hilda Ogden and Margo Leadbetter.
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This lack of consensus on the issue of responsibility set the tone for the prison controversy—from the beginning, discussion of Civil War prisons took place in an environment of recrimination, confusion, and discord. As Union and Confederate citizens realized the implications of the prisoner accounts trickling out of the camps, this tragedy within a tragedy inflamed public opinion. The prolonged controversy over the establishment and collapse of the exchange cartel sparked greater resentment against the opposition as both sides complained about the poor treatment of their captured soldiers.
Not content with that insight, the committee continued by asserting that “in nearly all the prison stations of the North . . ”85 The final paragraphs of the committee’s report offered a defense of the Confederate prison system. ”86 J. B. Jones, a Confederate War Department clerk, confirmed these sentiments in his diary. ” The hypocritical Union then dared “to attribute to us the sufferings and privations caused by their own acts. ”88 The Confederate report, like its Union counterpart, qualifies as a propaganda masterpiece.
The toleration of such cruelty in the Confederacy naturally correlated to the inherently barbaric nature of the treasonous South. S. government found a perfect target in Wirz. He proved to be a malleable symbol of the Civil War prison controversy at a time when confusion abounded concerning what actually happened at Andersonville and other prison camps. In reality, Wirz was no mass murderer but simply an ineffective and callous officer placed in a position of authority in a Confederate prison system defined by those same characteristics.
Crisis? What Crisis? by Alwyn W. Turner