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The Confederacy

The Confederacy


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About the Book

Paul Escott's The Confederacy: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture offers a unique and multifaceted perspective on the United States' most pivotal and devastating conflict, examining the course of the Civil War from the perspective of the Southern elite class, who were desperate to preserve the peculiar institution of its slave-based economy, yet dependent on ordinary Southerners, slaves, and women to sustain the fight for them.

Against the backdrop of the war's military drama and strategic dilemmas, The Confederacy brings into sharp focus the racial, class, gender, and political conflicts that helped destabilize the Confederacy from within. Along the way, Escott shows how time and time again, the South's political and economic elite made errors that further weakened a South already facing a Union army with greater numbers and firepower.


About the Author:

Paul D. Escott is Reynolds Professor of History at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, and the author of several books on the South and the Civil War, including Praeger's Military Necessity: Civil-Military Relations in the Confederacy.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275994099
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Depth: 13
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 25 mm
  • Weight: 462 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275994090
  • Publisher Date: 01 Dec 2009
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 231 mm
  • No of Pages: 175
  • Series Title: Reflections on the Civil War Era
  • Sub Title: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture
  • Width: 157 mm


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