Confederate Cities: The Urban South During The Civil War Era

Paperback | November 17, 2015

EditorAndrew L. Slap, Frank TowersForeword byDavid Goldfield

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When we talk about the Civil War, we often describe it in terms of battles that took place in small towns or in the countryside: Antietam, Gettysburg, Bull Run, and, most tellingly, the Battle of the Wilderness. One reason this picture has persisted is that few urban historians have studied the war, even though cities hosted, enabled, and shaped Southern society as much as they did in the North.

Confederate Cities, edited by Andrew L. Slap and Frank Towers, shifts the focus from the agrarian economy that undergirded the South to the cities that served as its political and administrative hubs. The contributors use the lens of the city to examine now-familiar Civil War–era themes, including the scope of the war, secession, gender, emancipation, and war’s destruction. This more integrative approach dramatically revises our understanding of slavery’s relationship to capitalist economics and cultural modernity. By enabling a more holistic reading of the South, the book speaks to contemporary Civil War scholars and students alike—not least in providing fresh perspectives on a well-studied war.

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When we talk about the Civil War, we often describe it in terms of battles that took place in small towns or in the countryside: Antietam, Gettysburg, Bull Run, and, most tellingly, the Battle of the Wilderness. One reason this picture has persisted is that few urban historians have studied the war, even though cities hosted, enabled, ...

Andrew L. Slap is professor of history at East Tennessee State University. He is the author of The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era and editor of Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath. Frank Towers is associate professor of history at the University of Calgary. He is the author of The ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
Foreword
David Goldfield
 
Introduction: Historians and the Urban South’s Civil War
Andrew L. Slap and Frank Towers
 
Part One: The Big Picture
 
1. Regionalism and Urbanism as Problems in Confederate Urban History
J. Matthew Gallman
 
2. Urban Processes in the Confederacy’s Development, Experience, and Consequences
David Moltke-Hansen
 
Part Two: Secession
 
3. To Be the “New York of the South”: Urban Boosterism and the Secession Movement 77
Frank towers
 
4. Gender and Household Metaphors in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Nation-Building Cities
T. Lloyd Benson
 
Part Three: Gender
5. Stephen Spalding’s Fourth of July in New Orleans
Michael Pierson
 
6. “More like Amazons than starving people”: Women’s Urban Riots in Georgia in 1863
Keith S. Bohannon
 
Part Four: Emancipation
 
7. African American Veterans, the Memphis Region, and the Urbanization of the Postwar South
Andrew L. Slap
 
8. Black Political Mobilization and the Spatial Transformation of Natchez
Justin Behrend
 
9. African Americans’ Struggle for Education, Citizenship, and Freedom, in Mobile, Alabama, 1865–1868
Hilary N. Green
 
Part Five: A New Urban South
 
10. Invasion, Destruction, and the Remaking of Civil War Atlanta
William A. Link
 
11. Freeing the Lavish Hand of Nature: Environment and Economy in Nineteenth-Century Hampton Roads
John Majewski
 
Conclusion: Cities and the History of the Civil War South
Andrew L. Slap and Frank Towers
 
Contributors
 
Index

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“Confederate Cities shows that cities afford a sharp lens for examining the South in the Civil War era, revealing a picture of vigorous urban development, wartime upheaval, and dramatic transition. Among the many volumes of scholarly essays on particular aspects of American history published during the last couple of decades, this is one of the best. Comprising a dozen forcefully argued essays—including the editors’ superb introduction—the book also features a fiery foreword by David Goldfield (the dean of urban South historians), along with a welcome conclusion and a real index.”