A People’s History of the Civil War: Struggles for the by David Williams

By David Williams

The acclaimed sweeping heritage of a country at warfare with itself, instructed the following for the 1st time through the folk who lived it.

Bottom-up historical past at its best possible, A People's historical past of the Civil conflict "does for the Civil conflict interval what Howard Zinn's A People's background of the us did for the examine of yank background ordinarily" (Library Journal). extensively praised upon its preliminary unlock, it used to be defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" by means of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yankee Civil conflict even though the eyes of standard people—foot infantrymen, slaves, ladies, prisoners of warfare, draft resisters, local americans, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative strikes past presidents and generals to inform a brand new and strong tale approximately America's so much damaging conflict.

A People's background of the Civil battle is "readable social heritage" which "sheds interesting gentle" (Publishers Weekly) in this the most important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yank background. 40 b/w photographs.

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I hardly owe less of a debt to the many fine scholars upon whose work this book is based. The inquisitive perseverance and diligent research reflected in their works have made mine possible. For help with tracking down those works and making good use of them, I am indebted to Alan Bernstein, Denise Montgomery, and Rex DeVane of Valdosta State University’s Odum Library. Marc Favreau, senior editor at The New Press, deserves much appreciation for his suggestions on improving the manuscript and for shepherding it through the publishing works.

Two slaves in Dale County, Alabama, helped John Ward, leader of a local deserter gang, kill their owner in his bed. In the spring of 1862, authorities arrested three white citizens of Calhoun County, Georgia, for supplying area slaves with firearms in preparation for a rebellion. 18 Tens of thousands of slaves freed themselves, fled North, and joined the Union army. But they were hardly welcomed with open arms. Blacks struggled for the right simply to be treated as soldiers instead of slaves. Most whites, wedded as they were to racist notions of white supremacy, argued that blacks were fit only for menial tasks and used that assumption to justify inadequate training and unequal pay.

I owe many thanks to a few professors from my undergraduate days at North Georgia College for their inspiration, insights, and personal efforts for me: John Csomor, who taught me that true patriotism is never blind; Frank Smith, who showed me that there are at least half-a-dozen reasons for everything; Brian Murphy, who gave me a broader view of what democracy should mean; and Ray Rensi, who showed me what I could be as a teacher. I am especially grateful to my professors during my doctoral days at Auburn University for their exemplary lessons in what it is to be a scholar.

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