The D.C Times Weekly Life on the Union homefront By Dante A. Piccolino This war is extremely good for production values here in the north because coal and iron reached their all-time highest in production. Northern manufacturers grew so profitable that many companies doubled or tripled their money. The newly rich built exquisite homes and spent their money extravagantly on carriages, silk clothing and jewelry. There was a great deal of public outrage that such conduct was unbecoming or even immoral in time of war. What made this lifestyle even more “offensive” was that workers’ salaries shrank in real terms due to inflation. The price of beef, rice and sugar doubled from their pre-war levels, yet salaries rose only half  →