Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South

Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South

by Martin Crawford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813920345

ISBN-13: 9780813920344

Pub. Date: 07/29/2001

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Distinguished from traditional historical narrative by its balanced portrayal of wartime experiences both at home and on the battlefield and flavored by its vivid portrayal of a divided Appalachian community, Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South breaks new ground in Southern social, political, and economic history.

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Distinguished from traditional historical narrative by its balanced portrayal of wartime experiences both at home and on the battlefield and flavored by its vivid portrayal of a divided Appalachian community, Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South breaks new ground in Southern social, political, and economic history.

Martin Crawford contends that the experiences of Ashe County's men and women during the Civil War era were shaped as much by their membership in the wider American society as by uniquely local factors. Through a thoughtful blending of family correspondence, local and state historical documents, and the broader news of the divided country, Crawford re-creates the lives of Ashe County's citizens. Among them are teenager Selina Howell, whose suicide draws the reader into an intimate portrayal of kin and community dynamics, and Tom Crumpler, the young lawyer-politician who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause he initially opposed.

These people and their stories bring to life the very human side of the Civil War, carrying Crawford's narrative well beyond ordinary social history.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920344
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
07/29/2001
Series:
A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
1Selina Howell's Community1
2Settlers, Founders, Farmers, and Slaves16
3Politicians and Partisans41
4The Politics of Slavery62
5Ashe County's Confederate War, 1861-186274
6A Community at War, 1863105
7Ashe County's Civil War, 1863-1865125
8Rebuilding the Community, 1865 and After148
Notes177
Bibliography213
Index227

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