"In The Militant South, 1800-1861, John Hope Franklin identifies the factors and causes of the South's festering propensity for aggression that contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861." "Franklin asserts that the South was dominated by militant white men who resorted to violence in the face of social, personal, or political conflict. Fueled by their defense of slavery and a desire to keep the North out of their affairs, Southerners developed a bellicosity that intensified as the war drew nearer." Drawing from Southern newspapers, government archives, memoirs, letters, and firsthand accounts, Franklin details the sources and consequences of antebellum aggression in the South. This edition features a new preface in which the author discusses controversial responses to this classic volume, first published in 1956.
John Hope Franklin was Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of From Slavery to Freedom, A History of American Negroes (1947; 1956), The Militant South (1956), and Reconstruction after the Civil War (1961).