1. According to the narrator, how was the Confederate solider "trading one battle for another" after the Civil War?
The South and its economy had been devastated by four years of war. Getting enough to eat and survive proved a great challenge. With the economy in shambles, finding work to feed and clothe a family was also a daily struggle.
2. How can the story of the Brumby rocker been seen as one of renewal and rejuvenation?
Although the South was struggling to move beyond the devastation of the Civil War, the entrepreneurial spirit that gave the world the Brumby rocker offers hope for a new South built on manufacturing and craftsmanship. Factories were built, jobs began to come back, and small family businesses became thriving enterprises lasting for over a hundred years.
3. As Phil Secrist describes, how was the Civil War itself an enterprise for people after the war was over? Why was this necessary?
Contractors would identify and collect remains of the dead and townspeople would gather discarded lead bullets to sell to hardware stores. With the southern economy destroyed, and the currency issued by the Confederate government worthless, Southerners had to turn to other means to make ends meet.