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Confederate reckoning : power and politics in the Civil War South

Author: Stephanie McCurry
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.
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"The story of the Confederate States of America, the proslavery, antidemocratic nation created by white Southern slaveholders to protect their property, has been told many times in heroic and martial narratives. Now, however, Stephanie McCurry tells a very different tale of the Confederate experience. When the grandiosity of Southerners' national ambitions met the harsh realities of wartime crises, unintended  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie McCurry
ISBN: 9780674045897 9780674064218 0674064216 0674045890
OCLC Number: 456169983
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for History finalist, 2011.
Description: 449 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: The Confederate project --
Who are the people? --
The brothers' war --
Antigone's claim --
Soldiers' wives and the politics of subsistence --
Women numerous and armed --
"Amor patriae" --
"Our open enemies" --
The fall --
Epilogue: Confederate reckoning.
Responsibility: Stephanie McCurry.

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The attempt to repress a majority of its own population backfired on the Confederate States of America as the disenfranchised demanded to be counted and considered in the great struggle over slavery,  Read more...

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