South vs. the South How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0195156293
ISBN-13: 9780195156294
Edition: 2002
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Description: Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, for example, or the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, one of America's leading authorities on the Civil War era  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.91" wide x 5.31" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, for example, or the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, one of America's leading authorities on the Civil War era offers an entirely new answer to this question. William Freehling argues that anti-Confederate Southerners--specifically, border state whites and southern blacks--helped cost the Confederacy the war. White men in such border states as Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland, Freehling points out, were divided in their loyalties--but far more joined the Union army (or simply stayed home) than marched off in Confederate gray. If they had enlisted as rebel troops in the same proportion as white men did farther south, their numbers would have offset all the Confederate casualties during four years of war. In addition, when those states stayed loyal, the vast majority of the South's urban population and industrial capacity remained in Union hands. And many forget, Freehling writes, that the slaves' own decisions led to a series of white decisions (culminating in the Emancipation Proclamation) that turned federal forces into an army of liberation, depriving the South of labor and adding essential troops to the blue ranks. Whether revising our conception of slavery or of Abraham Lincoln, or establishing the antecedents of Martin Luther King, or analyzing Union military strategy, or uncovering new meanings in what is arguably America's greatest piece of sculpture, Augustus St.-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, Freehling writes with piercing insight and rhetorical verve. Concise and provocative, The South Vs. the South will forever change the way we view the Civil War.

Preface
The Other House Divided
The Union's Task
Fault Lines in the Pre--Civil War South
The Secession Crisis
Southern White Anti-Confederates
From Neutrality to Unionism
The Jackpot
Southern Black Anti-Confederates
The Delay
The Collaboration
The Harvest
Last Full Measure
The Last Best Hope
The Taproot and Its Blight
Notes
Index

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