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The Long Shadow of the Civil War

By: Bynum, Victoria.
Material type: TextTextSeries: HIST4386 -- Stith.Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press , 2010ISBN: 9780807833810.
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Studies about the US Civil War remain extremely popular among scholars as well as the general public. Dissent in the Confederacy has emerged as a subject of particular interest. Bynum (Texas State Univ., San Marcos) continues her work on Newt Knight and his band of deserters, who carved "The Free State of Jones" out of Confederate Mississippi. Unlike a previous book (The Free State of Jones, CH, Apr'02, 39-4765), this volume centers on comparative analysis with other pockets of dissent in the Confederacy, specifically, the Big Thicket region of east Texas and the Quaker Belt of central North Carolina. Offering genealogical portraits that cross racial and socioeconomic lines, Bynum highlights the class status of these men as well as the struggles confronting their women, who were deeply affected by the decisions the men in their families embraced. In the process, she reveals incidents of torture, enduring court cases, and the challenges encountered by mixed-race families in a white supremacist world. 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. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. S. C. Hyde Southeastern Louisiana University

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