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

Paperback | August 21, 2003

byWilliam 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 that450,000 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 ofUnion 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 MartinLuther King, Jr., Freehling's piercing insight and rhetorical verve yield a major new Civil War narrative.

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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 that450,000 Union troops from the South--especi...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.59 inPublished:August 21, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The South vs. the South quickens our understanding of the ways that African-Americans fought, labored, sacrificed, and died to help win the Civil War, and freedom. We learn also of Southern citizens loyal to the United States of America who courageously defied the secessionists and theConfederate government. Thanks to the author we are long steps closer to greater enlightenment."--Thomas B. Buell, author of The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War