Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration

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Crucible of the Civil War offers an illuminating portrait of the state’s wartime economic, political, and social institutions. Weighing in on contentious issues within established scholarship while also breaking ground in areas long neglected by scholars, the contributors examine such concerns as the war’s effect on slavery in the state, the wartime intersection of race and religion, and the development of Confederate social networks. They also shed light on topics long disputed by historians, such as Virginia’s ...

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Overview

Crucible of the Civil War offers an illuminating portrait of the state’s wartime economic, political, and social institutions. Weighing in on contentious issues within established scholarship while also breaking ground in areas long neglected by scholars, the contributors examine such concerns as the war’s effect on slavery in the state, the wartime intersection of race and religion, and the development of Confederate social networks. They also shed light on topics long disputed by historians, such as Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union, the development of Confederate nationalism, and how Virginians chose to remember the war after its close.

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review

"This is a coherent, lively, and important study."

Civil War History

"While these essays reach differing perspectives in the Civil War’s continuity/change debate, all are grounded in primary sources, each poses intriguing questions, and their collective chronological, geographic, and topical scope provides valuable insight into the diverse ways Virginians experienced the Civil War era."

Studies in American Culture

"This book deserves a wide readership. Each essay, without exception, contributes significantly to our understanding of the socio-cultural experiences of Virginians in the Civil War."

George C. Rable

"Crucible of the Civil War presents a fine collection of essays by a talented group of young historians. Brimming with insights about social, economic, and religious life in Virginia, this book is a valuable addition to a growing body of work that carries the study of the Civil War far beyond the battlefields."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813927947
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,338,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward L. Ayers, former Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, is President of the University of Richmond. Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. Andrew J. Torget is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond and a historian of nineteenth-century America.

University of Virginia Press

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