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

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In The Long Shadow of the Civil War, Victoria Bynum 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—Bynum introduces Unionist supporters, guerrilla soldiers, defiant women, socialists, populists, free blacks, and large interracial kin groups that belie stereotypes of the South and of Southerners as uniformly supportive of the ...

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Overview

In The Long Shadow of the Civil War, Victoria Bynum 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—Bynum introduces Unionist supporters, guerrilla soldiers, defiant women, socialists, populists, free blacks, and large interracial kin groups that belie stereotypes of the South and of Southerners as uniformly supportive of the Confederate cause.

Examining regions within the South where the inner civil wars of deadly physical conflict and intense political debate continued well into the era of Reconstruction and beyond, Bynum explores three central questions. How prevalent was support for the Union among ordinary Southerners during the Civil War? How did Southern Unionists and freedpeople experience both the Union's victory and the emancipation of slaves during and after Reconstruction? And what were the legacies of the Civil War—and Reconstruction—for relations among classes and races and between the sexes, both then and now?

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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Editorial Reviews

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

"[This book] ranks among the most innovative in its methods and its findings….[Bynum] is to be commended for her sheer doggedness as a researcher and her creative use of methods and sources."
-The Journal of American History

"Fascinating. . . . Bynum demonstrates an impressive, intricate knowledge of the case. . . . The book is an interesting read and opens up avenues for scholars who wish to trace kinship migrations throughout the South and the cultural linkages those migrations may have established."
-The Review of Politics

"Supported by impressive research and crafted to enlighten rather than celebrate or condemn, this book offers a penetrating portrait of the dissenters and their world. A strong addition to upper-level Civil War collections, it will also serve as a lively read for the general public. . . . Highly recommended."
-Choice

"Historians wishing to pursue such comparisons and questions will find great value in Bynum's careful research."
-Journal of the Civil War Era

"Those who enjoy the study of Reconstruction social and political battles as much or more than the military conflicts of the Civil War will find a wealth of material here for further study. . . . [Bynum's] engaging writing style will no doubt interest many readers of her book as well."
-TOCWOC

"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

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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: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,196,260
  • 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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