The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics

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Although much has been written about the ways in which Confederate politics affected the course of the Civil War, George Rable is the first historian to investigate Confederate political culture in its own right. Focusing on the assumptions, values, and beliefs that formed the foundation of Confederate political ideology, Rable reveals how southerners attempted to purify the political process and avoid what they saw as the evils of parties and partisanship.

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Overview

Although much has been written about the ways in which Confederate politics affected the course of the Civil War, George Rable is the first historian to investigate Confederate political culture in its own right. Focusing on the assumptions, values, and beliefs that formed the foundation of Confederate political ideology, Rable reveals how southerners attempted to purify the political process and avoid what they saw as the evils of parties and partisanship.

According to Rable, secession marked the beginning of a revolution against politics, in which the Confederacy's founding fathers saw themselves as the true heirs of the American Revolution. Nevertheless, factionalism developed as the war dragged on, with Confederate nationalists emphasizing political unity and support for President Jefferson Davis's administration and libertarian dissenters warning of the dangers of a centralized Confederate government. Both sides claimed to be the legitimate defenders of a genuine southern republicanism and of Confederate nationalism, and the conflict between them carried over from the strictly political sphere to matters of military strategy, civil religion, and education. Rable concludes that despite the war's outcome, the Confederacy's antipolitical legacy had a profound impact on southern politics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Rable's spirited iconoclasm deserves serious attention.

American Historical Review

A fine book which offers refreshing . . . and stimulates debate over new questions concerning Confederate political history.

Southern Historian

This unusually well-written book is recommended to all readers interested in the Confederacy.

Choice

Carefully constructed tour through the intricacies of Confederate politics is intelligently argued and masterfully executed.

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

A valuable contribution through its detailed, chronological recounting and analysis of political events.

Georgia Historical Quarterly

Library Journal
Unlike Emory M. Thomas, whose Confederate Nation, 1861-1865 (1976) emphasized the modernizing tendencies of the Confederacy, Rable (Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism, Univ. of Illinois Pr., 1989) argues that the founders of the Confederacy sought to recover the republican values of their Revolutionary War forebears, including a rejection of partisan politics in favor of unity and harmony. Despite these declarations, Confederates found it difficult to eradicate partisan divisions, which many believe contributed to the Confederacy's demise. Rable's emphasis on the antiparty nature of Confederate politics is a bit strained; nevertheless, in this impressively researched volume he offers an admirable interpretive synthesis of previous work on the internal tensions in both Confederate political philosophy and practice. Recommended for scholars and informed lay readers.-Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858189
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2007
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,245,026
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George C. Rable is the Charles G. Summersell Professor of Southern History at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He is author of Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism and the Lincoln Prize-winning Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! (from the University of North Carolina Press).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Old South: A Political Culture in Crisis 6
Ch. 2 Through a Glass Darkly: Secession and the Future of Southern Politics 20
Ch. 3 The Crisis of Southern Constitutionalism 39
Ch. 4 Establishing Political Legitimacy 64
Ch. 5 A New Political Universe 88
Ch. 6 Origins of Political Crisis 111
Ch. 7 Desperate Times, Desperate Measures, Desperate Politics 132
Ch. 8 Internal Stresses of War 154
Ch. 9 The Two Political Cultures 174
Ch. 10 Spring and Summer of Discontent 195
Ch. 11 The Elections of 1863 and Political Fragmentation 214
Ch. 12 Factious Politics 236
Ch. 13 Principle, Power, Politics, and Peace 255
Ch. 14 National Identity, the Political Cultures, and War's End 277
Epilogue 299
Notes 303
Bibliography 367
Index 401
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