The Struggle for Equality: Essays on Sectional Conflict, the Civil War, and the Long Reconstruction

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This collection of essays, organized around the theme of the struggle for equality in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, also serves to honor the renowned Civil War historian James McPherson. Complete with a brief interview with the celebrated scholar, this volume reflects the best aspects of McPherson’s work, while casting new light on the struggle that has served as the animating force of his lifetime of scholarship. With a chronological span from the 1830s to the 1960s, the ...

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Overview

This collection of essays, organized around the theme of the struggle for equality in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, also serves to honor the renowned Civil War historian James McPherson. Complete with a brief interview with the celebrated scholar, this volume reflects the best aspects of McPherson’s work, while casting new light on the struggle that has served as the animating force of his lifetime of scholarship. With a chronological span from the 1830s to the 1960s, the contributions bear witness to the continuing vigor of the argument over equality.

Contributors: Orville Vernon Burton, Clemson University
• Tom Carhart, Independent Scholar
• Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast
• Thomas C. Cox, University of Southern California
• Bruce Dain, University of Utah
• John M. Giggie, University of Alabama
• Michele Gillespie, Wake Forest University
• Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Brian Greenberg, Monmouth University
• James K. Hogue, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
• Judith A. Hunter, State University of New York, Geneseo
• Ryan P. Jordan, University of San Diego
• Philip M. Katz, American Association of Museums
• Monroe H. Little, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
• Peyton McCrary, U.S. Department of Justice
• Jerald Podair, Lawrence University
• Jennifer L. Weber, University of Kansas
• Ronald C. White Jr., University of California Los Angeles

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

George C. Rable

The Struggle for Equality is a collection of excellent essays that span the Civil War, Reconstruction, and their long legacy. The work clearly demonstrates the enormous influence of James McPherson as both scholar and teacher—a fitting tribute to one of our finest historians.

Matt Gallman

This is a book full of intriguing historic characters, brought to life by excellent scholars. The editors have done a great service by including a valuable survey of McPherson’s scholarly career and a fascinating interview with the master himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813931739
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,251,403
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Orville Vernon Burton, Professor of History at Clemson University and Director of the Cyberinstitute, is the author of The Age of Lincoln. He is also Emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology at the University of Illinois. Jerald Podair, Professor of History and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University, is the author of The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis. Jennifer L. Weber, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, is the author of Copperheads: the Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: James M. McPherson and the Struggle for American Equality Orville Vernon Burton jerald Podair 1

I Sectional Conflict

The Radicalism of the Abolitionists Revisited: The Case of the Society of Friends Ryan P.Jordan 17

Abolitionism as Logical Conclusion: General James S. Wadsworth as a Case Study in Anti-Southern Sentiment and the Radicalizing Experience of the Civil War Judith A Hunter 29

Our Man in Paris: John Meredith Read Jr. and the Discontents of American Republicanism, 1860-1896 Philip M. Katz 41

II Civil War

A Dynamic for Success and Failure: Discipline, Cause, and Comrades in the Relationship between Officers and Enlisted Men m Lee's Army Joseph T. Glatthaar 59

All the President's Men: The Politicization of Union Soldiers and How They Saved Abraham Lincoln Jennifer L. Weber 76

Abraham Lincoln's Last "Stump Speech": September 3,1863 RonaldC. White Jr. 91

"The Power of Making Me Miserable": Abraham Lincoln and Race Bruce Dain 100

"Public Women" and Sexual Politics during the American Civil War Catherine Clinton

III The Long Reconstruction

Wendell Phillips and the Idea of Industrial Democracy in Early Postbellum America Brian Greenberg 137

The Strange Career of Jim Longstreet: History and Contingency in the Civil War Era James K. Hogue 153

The Grasshopper Plague, 1874-1878, and Social Welfare: The Postbellum Prospects for Relief, Recovery, and Reform Thomas C. Cox 172

The Wrongful Court-Martial and Posthumous Presidential Pardon of Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper, USMA1877 Tom Carhart 183

For God and Lodge: Black Fraternal Orders and the Evolution of African American Religion in the Postbellum South John M. Giggle 198

Peddling the Lost Cause: A Southern White Woman at Work Michele Gillespie 219

Race and Municipal Reform in the Progressive Era: The Adoption of At-Large Elections in Norfolk, Virginia, 1914-1918 Peyton McCrary 238

School of a Soldier: World War II as a Transformative Experience in the Life of Dr. Joseph T Taylor Monroe H. Little 254

An Awful Choice: Bayard Rustin and New York City's Civil Rights Wars, 1968 JeraldPodair 276

America's Historian: A Brief Conversation with James McPherson Orville Vernon Burton 289

Notes on Contributors 293

Index 297

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