Middle Tennessee Society Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South

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Originally published in 1988, Middle Tennessee Society Transformed marks a significant advance in the social history of the American Civil War—an approach exemplified and extended in Ash’s later work and that of other leading Civil War scholars. Winner of the Tennessee History Book Award and named by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book, it examines the Civil War in Middle Tennessee in light of conflict between African Americans and whites, the decline of institutions (churches, schools, courts), and ...
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Overview


Originally published in 1988, Middle Tennessee Society Transformed marks a significant advance in the social history of the American Civil War—an approach exemplified and extended in Ash’s later work and that of other leading Civil War scholars. Winner of the Tennessee History Book Award and named by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book, it examines the Civil War in Middle Tennessee in light of conflict between African Americans and whites, the decline of institutions (churches, schools, courts), and economic disruption. Ash provides a rich description of how a prosperous section of Tennessee descended into devastating internal warfare that in some respects continued for years after the war. For the new edition, Ash has written a preface that takes into account the advance of Civil War historiography since the book’s original appearance. This preface cites subsequent studies focusing not only on race and class but also on women and gender relations, the significance of partisan politics in shaping the course of secession in Tennessee and other upper-South states, the economic forces at work, the influence of republican ideology, and the investigation of the degree to which slaves were active agents in their own emancipation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572335394
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen V. Ash is Lindsay Young Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of A Year in the South: Four Lives in 1865, coauthor, with Paul H. Bergeron and Jeanette Keith, of Tennesseans and Their History, and co-editor, with W. Todd Groce, of Nineteenth-Century America: Essays in Honor of Paul H. Bergeron.
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Table of Contents

Preface 2006
Preface to the First Edition
Abbreviations
I A Fair and Fruitful Country: The Middle Tennessee Heartland in 1860 1
II Works and Days: The People and Institutions of the Heartland 13
III Their Father's House: Class, Race, and Slavery in the Heartland 39
IV Those Whom the Gods Destroy: Fear, Secession, and War, 1860-1862 64
V I Wish There Was a River of Fire: The Devastation of the Heartland, 1862-1865 84
VI Jubilee: Slaves, Masters, Yankees, and Freedmen, 1862-1865 106
VII Lamentations: White Society, 1862-1865 143
VIII Resurrection: Economic and Institutional Recovery, 1865-1870 175
IX Isaiah's Time: Race Relations and Black Society, 1865-1870 192
X Reunion, Redemption, and Sanctification: White Society, 1865-1870 226
Conclusion 251
Appendix A Sampling and Quantitative Analysis of the Manuscript Census Returns of 1860 and 1870 255
Appendix B Occupations of Family Heads in the 1860 and 1870 Census Samples 264
Bibliography of Primary Sources 269
Essay on Secondary Sources 277
Index 293
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