Bruce Levine Ph. D. | History at Illinois
By the end of these structures of wealth and power had been shattered. Millions of black people had gained their freedom, many poorer whites had ceased following their wealthy neighbors, and plantation owners were brought to their knees, losing not only their slaves but their political power, their worldview, their very way of life. This sea change was felt nationwide, as the balance of power in Congress, the judiciary, and the presidency shifted dramatically and lastingly toward the North, and the country embarked on a course toward equal rights.
Levine captures the many-sided human drama of this story using a huge trove of diaries, letters, newspaper articles, government documents, and more. When the smoke clears, not only Dixie but all of American society is changed forever.
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Brilliantly argued and engrossing, The Fall of the House of Dixie is a sweeping account of the destruction of the old South during the Civil War, offering a fresh perspective on the most colossal struggle in our history and the new world it brought into being. AB - In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended.
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Abstract In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. Fingerprint Revolution.
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Social Life. Forced Labor. There is something worthwhile in the assemblage of these multiple viewpoints emphasizing the disintegration of slavery occurred during the war, not after it. It is worth noting that the reactions of Southerners are defined by a rather unsurprising narrowness of range, though, and are marked by noticeable lack of change in tone as the Civil War progressed. Planters worried about losing their property throughout the conflict, yeomen farmers claiming a few or no slaves worried over their place in a free society as that increasingly became a likelihood, and both worried over how to manage the obviously unhappy enslaved population during a devastating war.
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That thousands of bondsmen would end up serving as troops was too much to take for many. That is its contribution to the historiography on the subject and the sole reason students of the Civil War era will want to consult it.
Widely researched and well-written, it is for the most part entertaining even if often inherently repetitive. But this is no reframing of our understanding of the war and provides no genuine revelations about Southern society during the Civil War. For the best studies of both of those topics, readers will still look elsewhere. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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