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The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War [NOOK Book]

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Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, for example, or the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, one of America's leading authorities on the Civil War era offers an entirely new answer to this question.
William Freehling argues that anti-Confederate Southerners--specifically, border state whites and southern blacks--helped cost the Confederacy the war. White men in such border states as...
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The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War

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Overview

Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, for example, or the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, one of America's leading authorities on the Civil War era offers an entirely new answer to this question.
William Freehling argues that anti-Confederate Southerners--specifically, border state whites and southern blacks--helped cost the Confederacy the war. White men in such border states as Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland, Freehling points out, were divided in their loyalties--but far more joined the Union army (or simply stayed home) than marched off in Confederate gray. If they had enlisted as rebel troops in the same proportion as white men did farther south, their numbers would have offset all the Confederate casualties during four years of war. In addition, when those states stayed loyal, the vast majority of the South's urban population and industrial capacity remained in Union hands. And many forget, Freehling writes, that the slaves' own decisions led to a series of white decisions (culminating in the Emancipation Proclamation) that turned federal forces into an army of liberation, depriving the South of labor and adding essential troops to the blue ranks.
Whether revising our conception of slavery or of Abraham Lincoln, or establishing the antecedents of Martin Luther King, or analyzing Union military strategy, or uncovering new meanings in what is arguably America's greatest piece of sculpture, Augustus St.-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, Freehling writes with piercing insight and rhetorical verve. Concise and provocative, The South Vs. the South will forever change the way we view the Civil War.
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"An important book that sheds new light on white southern divisions and especially highlights the contribution of escaping slaves to Union victory."--The American Historical Review

"A convincing case."--Seattle Times

"Thoroughly and exquisitely researched. Freehling's analysis is provocative and novel."--Library Journal

"A valuable contribution to Civil War literature."--Publishers Weekly

"Together with his own inimitable style of expression and fertility of mind, William W. Freehling has combined excellent research with a keen reading of recent works to offer an original theory for the Confederate loss in the Civil War....In this fine book, Freehling has made a major contribution to Civil War studies."--Civil War Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199832071
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/16/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 554,010
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

William W. Freehling, Singletary Professor of the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, has won the Nevins, Bancroft, and Owsley Prizes for his previous Oxford University Press books.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part 1 The Other House Divided
1 The Union's Task 3
2 Fault Lines in the Pre--Civil War South 17
3 The Secession Crisis 33
Part 2 Southern White Anti-Confederates
4 From Neutrality to Unionism 47
5 The Jackpot 65
Part 3 Southern Black Anti-Confederates
6 The Delay 85
7 The Collaboration 115
8 The Harvest 141
Part 4 Last Full Measure
9 The Last Best Hope 177
10 The Taproot and Its Blight 201
Notes 207
Index 231
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