Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia

Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia

by Aaron Sheehan-Dean


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807861844
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Civil War America
Edition description: 1
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,274,936
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Aaron Sheehan-Dean is assistant professor of history at the University of North Florida. He is editor of Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War and The View from the Ground: The Experience of Civil War Soldiers.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Choosing War
Part I. Conflict and Collaboration
1. Building the Plain People's Confederacy: January-June 1861
2. A Nation of Their Own: July 1861-March 1862
Part II. The Crucible of War
3. The Ardor of Patriotism: April-July 1862
4. War in Earnest: August-December 1862
5. The Family War: January-December 1863
Part III. War without End
6. The Cost of Independence: January-June 1864
7. The Fall of the Confederacy: July 1864-March 1865
Epilogue: Swallowing the Elephant: Toward the New South
Appendix: Methodology

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Aaron Sheehan-Dean enables us to see the human dimensions behind support for the Confederacy. He shows the impact of the economy, community values, family, and especially the experiences of war and the enemy in the formation of Confederate nationalism. He has done a service for those who want to understand more about that enduring question of why white southerners went to war to protect slavery and how the war created fresh reasons for resisting the enemy.—William Blair, editor of Civil War History

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