The Confederacy: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture

Overview

Paul Escott's The Confederacy: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture offers a unique and multifaceted perspective on the United States' most pivotal and devastating conflict, examining the course of the Civil War from the perspective of the Southern elite class, who were desperate to preserve the "peculiar institution" of its slave-based economy, yet dependent on ordinary Southerners, slaves, and women to sustain the fight for them.

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Overview

Paul Escott's The Confederacy: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture offers a unique and multifaceted perspective on the United States' most pivotal and devastating conflict, examining the course of the Civil War from the perspective of the Southern elite class, who were desperate to preserve the "peculiar institution" of its slave-based economy, yet dependent on ordinary Southerners, slaves, and women to sustain the fight for them.

Against the backdrop of the war's military drama and strategic dilemmas, The Confederacy brings into sharp focus the racial, class, gender, and political conflicts that helped destabilize the Confederacy from within. Along the way, Escott shows how time and time again, the South's political and economic elite made errors that further weakened a South already facing a Union army with greater numbers and firepower.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Recommended. Most levels/libraries."

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Choice

"Several fine titles have appeared in recent years in the Reflections on the Civil War Era series edited by John David Smith, and to them Paul D. Escott's The Confederacy makes a fine addition. … An excellent and thoughtful work in brief compass, The Confederacy will be valuable to student and scholar alike."

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Journal of American History

"With The Confederacy: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture, Paul D. Escott has written a clear, concise synthesis of the life cycle of the Confederacy based on an impressive array of primary sources and a review of current secondary literature"

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Journal of Southern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275994099
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Series: Reflections on the Civil War Era Series
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A Revolution, with Contradictions 1

Ch. 2 A Revolution in the Revolution 21

Ch. 3 Dark and Dangerous Times 43

Ch. 4 Losing Battles, Losing Hope 65

Ch. 5 Holding On: A Test of Wills 89

Ch. 6 Frustration and Collapse 113

Epilogue 129

Notes 139

Bibliographic Essay 157

Index 165

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