Plain Folk in a Rich Man's War: Class and Dissent in Confederate Georgia

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This compelling and engaging book sheds new light on how planter self-interest, government indifference, and the very nature of southern society produced a rising tide of dissent and disaffection among Georgia's plain folk during the Civil War. The authors make extensive use of local newspapers, court records, manuscript collections, and other firsthand accounts to tell a story of latent class resentment that emerged full force under wartime pressures and undermined southern ...
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Overview

This compelling and engaging book sheds new light on how planter self-interest, government indifference, and the very nature of southern society produced a rising tide of dissent and disaffection among Georgia's plain folk during the Civil War. The authors make extensive use of local newspapers, court records, manuscript collections, and other firsthand accounts to tell a story of latent class resentment that emerged full force under wartime pressures and undermined southern support for the Confederacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813028361
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "A Rich Man's War" 1
1 "This Fuss Was All for the Benefit of the Wealthy": Secession and Dissent 8
2 "Far Greater Enemies to the South": Cotton Planters and Speculators 25
3 "God Help the Poor": Impressment, Hunger, and the Failure of Relief 45
4 "The Women Rising": Letters of Despair and Acts of Desperation 71
5 "Worse Than Slaves": Military Conscription 91
6 "Distemper of the Time": The Courts and Planter Privilege 112
7 "Very Improper Conduct": Slaves and Plain Folk 131
8 "We Are Fighting Each Other Harder Than We Ever Fought the Enemy": Georgia's Inner Civil War 151
9 "Don't Think There Is Much Regret for the Loss" 178
Notes 195
Bibliography 231
Index 247
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