Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South

Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South

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by Stephanie McCurry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674045890

ISBN-13: 9780674045897

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Harvard University Press

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

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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 consequences ensued. Although Southern statesmen and generals had built the most powerful slave regime in the Western world, they had excluded the majority of their own people-white women and slaves-and thereby sowed the seeds of their demise.

Wartime scarcity of food, labor, and soldiers tested the Confederate vision at every point and created domestic crises to match those found on the battlefields. Women and slaves became critical political actors as they contested government enlistment and tax and welfare policies, and struggled for their freedom. 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, emancipation, democracy, and nationhood. That Confederate struggle played out in a highly charged international arena.

The political project of the Confederacy was tried by its own people and failed. The government was forced to become accountable to women and slaves, provoking an astounding transformation of the slaveholders' state. Confederate Reckoning is the startling story of this epic political battle in which women and slaves helped to decide the fate of the Confederacy and the outcome of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674045897
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents


  • Prologue: The Confederate Project


  1. Who Are the People?

  2. The Brothers’ War

  3. Antigone’s Claim

  4. Soldiers’ Wives and the Politics of Subsistence

  5. Women Numerous and Armed

  6. “Amor Patriae”

  7. “Our Open Enemies”

  8. The Fall


  • Epilogue: Confederate Reckoning

  • Notes

  • Acknowledgments

  • Index

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Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Well written and documented account on how divided the south was over secession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reviewers cited all seem to come from the extreme left. This raises questions about the objectivity of their reviews, not to mention the objectivity of the author. Why no reviews from Kirkus or Publishers Weekly? The reviewer fron San Francisco is blatantly political with his anti-Tea Party screed. Who choses the reviewers and edits their reviews?