The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War by William W. Freehling, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War

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

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by William W. Freehling
     
 

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Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, or to the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, a leading authority on the Civil War era offers a critical supplementary viewpoint. William Freehling argues that 450,000 Union troops from the South—especially border state whites

Overview

Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, or to the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, a leading authority on the Civil War era offers a critical supplementary viewpoint. William Freehling argues that 450,000 Union troops from the South—especially border state whites and southern blacks—helped cost the Confederacy the war. In addition, when the southern border states rejected the Confederacy, half the South's industrial capacity swelled the North's advantage. Whether revising our conception of Union military strategy or of slavery, or changing our perceptions of blacks' role in producing Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, or finding new meanings in what is arguably America's greatest piece of sculpture, Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, or establishing the antecedents to Martin Luther King, Jr., Freehling's piercing insight and rhetorical verve yield a major new Civil War narrative.

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195156294
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/14/2002
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
743,928
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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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