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The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies (Hardback)
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The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/04/2010
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This book looks at the inner civil war and its aftermath. In ""The Long Shadow of the Civil War"", Victoria Bynum relates uncommon narratives about common Southern folks who fought not with the Confederacy, but against it. Focusing on regions in three Southern states - North Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas - Bynum introduces Unionist supporters, guerrilla soldiers, defiant women, socialists, populists, free blacks, and large interracial kin groups that belie stereotypes of the South and of Southerners as uniformly supportive of the Confederate cause. Examining regions within the South where the inner civil wars of deadly physical conflict and intense political debate continued well into the era of Reconstruction and beyond, Bynum explores three central questions. How prevalent was support for the Union among ordinary Southerners during the Civil War? How did Southern Unionists and freedpeople experience both the Union's victory and the emancipation of slaves during and after Reconstruction? And what were the legacies of the Civil War - and Reconstruction - for relations among classes and races and between the sexes, both then and now? Centered on the concepts of place, family, and community, Bynum's insightful and carefully documented work effectively counters the idea of a unified South caught in the grip of the Lost Cause.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807833810
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Bynum's emphasis on individual characters makes this story come alive. . . .The Long Shadow of the Civil War is a fascinating account of southern Unionist activity and fills a large hole in Civil War historiography." --The Journal of Southern History


Sophisticated, multi-layered analysis of class relations. . . .An intriguing narrative about small, local bands of citizens who believed in the Union and strove to counter Confederates, white supremacists, and other southern conservatives.--Civil War Monitor


A masterful community study. . . . Based on exhaustive and innovative research. . . . [That] brilliantly demonstrates that common men and women, yeoman farmers, poor whites, slaves, and freedpeople left their stories behind for historians to excavate.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly


Historians wishing to pursue such comparisons and questions will find great value in Bynum's careful research.--Journal of the Civil War Era


Supported by impressive research and crafted to enlighten rather than celebrate or condemn, this book offers a penetrating portrait of the dissenters and their world. A strong addition to upper-level Civil War collections, it will also serve as a lively read for the general public. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice


Bynum highlights the 'solid South' as a construction and even more successfully presents the importance of 'kinship, community, and place' in sustaining resistance to oppression.--Publishers Weekly


The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth has come and gone, and with it a flood of books about the sixteenth president. But the sesquicentennial of the Civil War now looms on the horizon, promising its own deluge of books of every size, shape and description. We will be fortunate indeed if in sheer originality and insight they measure up to . . . The Long Shadow of the Civil War, [a] new work by . . . Victoria Bynum . . . on the Confederate experience.--Eric Foner, The Nation


Bynum maps a road that few took, but the evocative stories of these families demand notice.--Virginia Quarterly Review


This volume offers insights into the complexities of southern dissent, gender roles, race relations, and the influences that shaped memories.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly


Bynum has plunged deeply into the primary sources on these interesting individuals, family groups, and local communities. . . . Valuable . . . because it proves that dissent was not rare and insignificant.--H-Civil War


A solid contribution....an engagingly written exposition of buried and contested histories....Bynum has done a great service to Southern history." --Southern Historian


Fascinating. . . . Bynum demonstrates an impressive, intricate knowledge of the case. . . . The book is an interesting read and opens up avenues for scholars who wish to trace kinship migrations throughout the South and the cultural linkages those migrations may have established.--The Review of Politics


An interesting read and opens up avenues for scholars who wish to trace kinship migrations throughout the South and the cultural linkages those migrations may have established.--The Review of Politics


[This book] ranks among the most innovative in its methods and its findings....[Bynum] is to be commended for her sheer doggedness as a researcher and her creative use of methods and sources.--The Journal of American History


Offers vivid examples of the different Souths that fought, endured, and remembered the war.--North Carolina Historical Review


Those who enjoy the study of Reconstruction social and political battles as much or more than the military conflicts of the Civil War will find a wealth of material here for further study. . . . [Bynum's] engaging writing style will no doubt interest many readers of her book as well.--TOCWOC


The book is an interesting read and opens up avenues for scholars who wish to trace kinship migrations throughout the South.--The Review of Politics

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