State of Rebellion

ISBN-10: 1570038481

ISBN-13: 9781570038488

Edition: 2009

Authors: Richard Zuczek
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Description: State of Rebellion recounts the volatile course of Reconstruction in the state that experienced the longest, largest, and most dynamic federal presence in the years immediately following the Civil War. Richard Zuczek examines the opposition of conservative white South Carolinians to the Republican-led program and the federal and state governments' attempts to quell such resistance. Contending that the issues that had driven secession-the relationship of the states to the federal government and the status of African Americans-remained unresolved even after Northern victory, Zuczek describes the period from 1865 to 1877 as a continuation of the struggle that began in 1861. He argues that Republican efforts failed primarily because of an organized, coherent effort by white Southerners committed to white supremacy. Zuczek details the tactics-from judicial and political fraud to economic coercion, terrorism, and guerrilla activity-employed by conservatives to nullify the African American vote, control African American labor, and oust northern Republicans from the state. He documents the federal government's attempt to quash the conservative challenge but shows that, by 1876, white opposition was so unified, widespread, and well armed that it passed beyond government control.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

RICHARD ZUCZEK is an associate professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he has been teaching since 1999. Previously, Zuczek was at The University of Tennessee, where he was both an assistant professor and an assistant editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson. In 1996, he published State of Rebellion: South Carolina during Reconstruction (University of South Carolina Press, 1996). He is the co-author (with Glenna Schroeder-Lein) of the Andrew Johnson Companion (ABC-Clio, 2000), and has published on the Civil War and Reconstruction in Civil War History, The South Carolina Historical Magazine, The Handbook on the Vice Presidents, The South Carolina Encyclopedia, and Greenwood's The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research. Dr Zuczek lives with his wife, Etsuko, and their two boys in Westerly, Rhode Island, where they swim in the summer, ski in the winter, and play tennis year round.

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