The South vs. the South
How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War
By (author) William W. Freehling
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South vs. the South by William W. Freehling
Book DescriptionWhy 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195130270
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William W. Freehling
Road to Disunion, Paperback (November 2008)
From eminent, prize-winning historian William W. Freehling, this is the masterful, definitive account of how the Old South started the Civil War. Freehling traces the development of Southern sentiment for disunion after 1854, but shows how fortuitous events, after Lincoln's election as President in 1860, allowed a tiny minority to lead the South into war and succession.
South Vs the South, Paperback (October 2002)
A provocative new history of the Civil War showing how divisions within the South itself, plus the genius of Abraham Lincoln, won the war for the North.
Reintegration of American History, Paperback (July 1996)
This collection of essays deals with the question of slavery, and how the South in particular responded to the problem. Essays deal with subjects such as the Constitution and slavery, slave rebellion and the division in the South over whether to secede from the Union or not.
Secession Debated, Paperback (August 1995)» View all books by William W. Freehling
Secession Debated is a colorful and gripping tale told in the words of the actual participants, one which sheds new light on one of the great and hitherto neglected verbal showdowns in American history. It is essential to a full understanding of the origins of the war between the states.
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Author Biography - William W. Freehling
William W. Freehling is Professor of History and Otis A. Singletary Chair in Humanities at the University of Kentucky, and is the author of The Road to Disunion, Volume I: Disunionists at Bay, 1776-1854, which won the Owsley Prize. He lives near Lexington, Kentucky.
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