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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

For what is really a scholarly work, this book is very readable

For what is really a scholarly work, this book is very readable and interesting.  I thought I knew the topic pretty well, but in the first 100 pages of this book, I feel like I've just taken a course in the Civil War.   Brilliant.

posted by Anonymous on January 10, 2013

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2 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Sounds like it was written by someone from Illinois.

Sounds like it was written by someone from Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    For what is really a scholarly work, this book is very readable

    For what is really a scholarly work, this book is very readable and interesting.  I thought I knew the topic pretty well, but in the first 100 pages of this book, I feel like I've just taken a course in the Civil War.   Brilliant.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Fabulous well researched book!

    Fabulous well researched book!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Great Read

    Outstanding recounting of how the Southern Slave States over reacted to the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, succeeded from the Union, precipitated the unwinnable Civil War and brought the institution of slavery down far faster than it ever would have collapsed otherwise. This well written account provides sme new insights from both new and familiar sources. There is much insight into the Confererate viewpoint that is wonderfully illuminating.

    The book should probably be read in conjunction with Lawrence Goldstones' "Dark Bargain" which lucidly explains how Southern legislators got slavery accepted in the Constitution Congress in 1787. The contrast between the brilliant slave state reprsentatives of the Colonial era with the incredibly incompetent Southern leadership some 70 years later is astonishing. Also recommended is James Oakes' "Freedom National" which clearly explains how abolitionist legislators in the north brilliantly exploited the gift of Succession that Jefferson Davis and his strategically challenged cohorts handed them to to quickly and effectively end slavery in the U.S. forever.

    All three books are very well written and make for exciting reading by historical standards

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This is an excellent view of the Civil War from a perspective not usually considered.
    It was well-written and kept your interest from beginning to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Found this work very interestng

    Nicely done. Enjoyed a civil war book that comes at the civil war story from a different vantage point

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Wonderful book stitched together with quotes

    This book is unique in that it doesn't just summarize and analyze, but supports each of its propositions with many insightful quotes and statistics. Totally debunks the states rights propoganda of the Confederacy. Learned a great deal and enjoyed the read.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    VERY, VERY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING

    I LEARNED MORE FROM READING THIS BOOK THAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN!
    As an African American it was enlightening to see how the slaves were eager for freedom even though they couldn't let it be known.

    It is widely know that Lincoln had over issues except emancipation and this book explains the strategies he used to try to get the country united again

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    Posted January 9, 2013

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