Never Surrender: Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry / Edition 1

Never Surrender: Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry / Edition 1

by W. Poole
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820325082

ISBN-13: 9780820325088

Pub. Date: 01/26/2004

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Near Appomattox, during a cease-fire in the final hours of the Civil War, Confederate general Martin R. Gary harangued his troops to stand fast and not lay down their arms. Stinging the soldiers' home-state pride, Gary reminded them that "South Carolinians never surrender." By focusing on a reactionary hotbed within a notably conservative state—South

Overview

Near Appomattox, during a cease-fire in the final hours of the Civil War, Confederate general Martin R. Gary harangued his troops to stand fast and not lay down their arms. Stinging the soldiers' home-state pride, Gary reminded them that "South Carolinians never surrender." By focusing on a reactionary hotbed within a notably conservative state—South Carolina's hilly western "upcountry"—W. Scott Poole chronicles the rise of a post-Civil War southern culture of defiance whose vestiges are still among us.

The society of the rustic antebellum upcountry, Poole writes, clung to a set of values that emphasized white supremacy, economic independence, masculine honor, evangelical religion, and a rejection of modernity. In response to the Civil War and its aftermath, this amorphous tradition cohered into the Lost Cause myth, by which southerners claimed moral victory despite military defeat. It was a force that would undermine Reconstruction and, as Poole shows in chapters on religion, gender, and politics, weave its way into nearly every dimension of white southern life. The Lost Cause's shadow still looms over the South, Poole argues, in contemporary controversies such as those over the display of the Confederate flag.

Never Surrender brings new clarity to the intellectual history of southern conservatism and the South's collective memory of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820325088
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/26/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,159,077
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: South Carolinians Never Surrender: South Carolina and the Roots of Southern Conservation1
Chapter 1A Spirit amongst These Hills: Confederate Defeat and Conservative Cultural Triumph20
Chapter 2We Have No Head but Christ: The Struggle to Shape a Sacred World37
Chapter 3No Tears of Penitence: Blue-Eyed Belles and the Emergence of the Lost Cause57
Chapter 4All the Natural Bonds of Society: The Lineaments and Language of Southern Conservatism80
Chapter 5Killed by a Damned Rebel: The Lost Cause Militant98
Chapter 6Hampton or Hell! The '76 Campaign116
Chapter 7The Maintenance of Honor and Manhood: Southern Conservatives and the Agrarian Revolt136
Chapter 8Headless Soldiers and Sham Duels: The Rise of Tillman156
Chapter 9The Lost Cause We Cherished and Loved: The Travail of Southern Conservatism178
Conclusion: The Great Train Robbery197
Notes209
Bibliography241
Index259

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