The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies, Large Print Ed

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The Long Shadow of the Civil War relates uncommon narratives about common Southern folks who fought not with the Confederacy, but against it. Focusing on regions in three Southern states—North Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas—Victoria E. Bynum introduces Unionist supporters, guerrilla soldiers, defiant women, socialists, populists, free blacks, and large interracial kin groups that belie stereotypes of Southerners as uniformly supportive of the Confederate cause. Centered on the concepts of place, family, and ...

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Overview

The Long Shadow of the Civil War relates uncommon narratives about common Southern folks who fought not with the Confederacy, but against it. Focusing on regions in three Southern states—North Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas—Victoria E. Bynum introduces Unionist supporters, guerrilla soldiers, defiant women, socialists, populists, free blacks, and large interracial kin groups that belie stereotypes of Southerners as uniformly supportive of the Confederate cause. Centered on the concepts of place, family, and community, Bynum's insightful and carefully documented work effectively counters the idea of a unified South caught in the grip of the Lost Cause.

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A masterful community study. . . . Based on exhaustive and innovative research. . . . [That] brilliantly demonstrates that common men and women, yeoman farmers, poor whites, slaves, and freedpeople left their stories behind for historians to excavate.—Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Bynum highlights the 'solid South' as a construction and even more successfully presents the importance of 'kinship, community, and place' in sustaining resistance to oppression.—Publishers Weekly

Bynum's emphasis on individual characters makes this story come alive. . . .The Long Shadow of the Civil War is a fascinating account of southern Unionist activity and fills a large hole in Civil War historiography." —The Journal of Southern History

The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth has come and gone, and with it a flood of books about the sixteenth president. But the sesquicentennial of the Civil War now looms on the horizon, promising its own deluge of books of every size, shape and description. We will be fortunate indeed if in sheer originality and insight they measure up to . . . The Long Shadow of the Civil War, [a] new work by . . . Victoria Bynum . . . on the Confederate experience.—Eric Foner, The Nation

Bynum maps a road that few took, but the evocative stories of these families demand notice.—Virginia Quarterly Review

This volume offers insights into the complexities of southern dissent, gender roles, race relations, and the influences that shaped memories.—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807879092
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition description: Large Print edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Bynum is professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos. She is author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South (both from UNC Press).

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Table of Contents

Preface iii

Introduction: Kinship, Community, and place in The old and the new South 1

Part I Home Front 26

Chapter 1 Guerrilla wars: Plain Folk Resistance to the Confederacy 32

Chapter 2 Occupied at Home: Women Confront Confederate Forces in North Carolina's Quaker Belt 66

Part II Reconstruction and beyond 100

Chapter 3 Disordered Communities: Freedpeople, Poor Whites, and "Mixed Blood" Families in Reconstruction North Carolina 106

Chapter 4 Fighting a Losing Battle: Newt Knight Versus the U.S. Court of Claims, 1870-1900 141

Part III Legacies 184

Chapter 5 Civil War Unionists as New South Radicals: Mississippi and Texas, 1865-1920 190

Chapter 6 Negotiating Boundaries of Race and Gender in Jim Crow Mississippi: The Women of the Knight Family 222

Epilogue: Fathers and Sons 259

Notes 283

Bibliography 391

Acknowledgments 435

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