By Graham McCann
The tale of the best British sit-com and its enduring appeal.
When we chuckle at Dad's military we giggle at ourselves, and approximately fifty years after it was once first broadcast, hundreds of thousands people are nonetheless giggling – at any time when and anywhere it really is repeated. With contributions from the folks who deliberate, produced and played the programme, and fabric drawn from the BBC data, acclaimed writer Graham McCann has written the definitive tale of a really British comedy.
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In November 1864, a New York Herald article, titled, “Our Suffering Prisoners,” summarized northern antipathy toward the South. How, it asked, could “a community boasting of Christianity and enlightenment . . ”72 To supplement 24â•… Haunted by Atrocity the angry editorials, photographs and other illustrations appeared as well. Most photographs or cartoons published during the war years depicted the toll that prison life took on the health and strength of young soldiers. In the North, the circulation of the shocking images of emaciated troops, who had been hale and hearty when they left home, often conveyed the harsh reality of prison life better than any article could.
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. Leaving aside the accurate description of the Union’s Atrocity and the Origins of Divisive Memoryâ•… 29 political manipulation of the prison controversy and the admission that Union prisoners suffered greatly in the Confederacy, the bulk of the document represented a distortion of reality.
Those statistics meant that the Georgia prison camp, both in the percentage of fatalities and in sheer numbers, distinguished itself as the deadliest Civil War prison. But the scale of the casualties represented only one of the reasons for the focus on Wirz. Northern anger over the Confederacy’s prisons continued to build and needed an outlet for its release. 1 With Wirz already in custody, such accounts of the terrible prison conditions in the northern press added to the grief and resentment over Lincoln’s assassination.
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