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In The Battlefield and Beyond leading Civil War historians explore a tragic part of our nation's history though the lenses of race, gender, leadership, politics, and memory. The essays in this strong collection shed new light on the defining issues of the Civil War era.

Orville Vernon Burton, Leonne M. Hudson, and Daniel E. Sutherland delve into the master-slave relationship, the role of blacks in the army, and the nature of southern violence. Herman Hattaway, Paul D. Escott, ...

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The Battlefield and Beyond: Essays on the American Civil War

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Overview

In The Battlefield and Beyond leading Civil War historians explore a tragic part of our nation's history though the lenses of race, gender, leadership, politics, and memory. The essays in this strong collection shed new light on the defining issues of the Civil War era.

Orville Vernon Burton, Leonne M. Hudson, and Daniel E. Sutherland delve into the master-slave relationship, the role of blacks in the army, and the nature of southern violence. Herman Hattaway, Paul D. Escott, and Judith F. Gentry offer innovative perspectives on the influential leadership of President Jefferson Davis, Lieutenant-General Stephen D. Lee, and General Edmund Kirby Smith.

Other contributors consider politicians and the public: Michael J. Connolly and Clayton E. Jewett investigate how despotism contributed to Confederate defeat; David E. Kyvig and Alan M. Kraut examine the war's impact on the Constitution and racial relationships with Jews; and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Kenneth Nivison, and Emory M. Thomas discuss the critical function of memory in our understanding of Lincoln's assassination.

The essays in The Battlefield and Beyond consider the fundamental issue of the Confederacy's failure and military defeat but also expose our nation's continuing struggles with race, individual rights, terrorism, and the economy. Collectively, this distinguished group of historians reveals that 150 years after the nation's most defining conflict its consequences still resonate.

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Clayton E. Jewett is lecturer in history at Baylor University and the author or editor of Texas in the Confederacy: An Experiment in Nation Building, Slavery in the South: A State-by-State History, and Rise and Fall of the Confederacy: The Memoir of Texas Senator Williamson S. Oldham, CSA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Clayton E. Jewett 1

I Race and Warfare in the South

The Silence of a Slaveholder: The Civil War Letters of James B. Griffin Orville Vernon Burton 13

Robert E. Lee and the Arming of Black Men Leonne M. Hudson 28

Guerrilla Warfare, Democracy, and the Fate of the Confederacy Daniel E. Sutherland 49

II Leadership in the Confederacy

Jefferson Davis and Stephen D. Lee Herman Hattaway 87

Evaluating Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy Paul D. Escott 106

Edmund Kirby Smith's Early Leadership in the Trans-Mississippi Judith F. Gentry 126

III Despotism and Confederate Defeat

"Irresistible Outbreaks against Tories and Traitors": The Suppression of New England Antiwar Sentiment in 1861 Michael J. Connolly 173

Senator Williamson S. Oldham and Confederate Defeat Clayton E. Jewett 196

IV Reconstruction and the New South

Transforming Original Intent: The U.S. Constitution in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era David E. Kyvig 215

Goldberger and Gershwin: Two New York Jews Encounter the American South in the Early Twentieth Century Alan M. Kraut 232

V Memory and The American Civil War

The Psychology of Hatred and the Ideology of Honor: Current Parallels in Booth's Lincoln Conspiracies Bertram Wyatt-Brown 265

Field of Mighty Memory: Gettysburg and the Americanization of the Civil War Kenneth Nivison 291

Of Health and History: The Museum of the Confederacy Emory M. Thomas 310

Jon L. Wakelyn's Contribution Jane Turner Censer Rosemarie Zagarri 326

Selected Works Jon L. Wakelyn 335

Contributors 337

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