Bitterly divided : the South's inner Civil War / David Williams.
By: Williams, David.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2008Description: 310 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781595581082 (hbk.); 1595581081 (hbk.).Subject(s): Confederate States of America -- Social conditions | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | Social conflict -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Social classes -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Bitterly divided.; Online version:: Bitterly divided.DDC classification: 973.7/13 LOC classification: F214 | .W564 2008
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -291) and index.
Nothing but divisions among our people -- Rich man's war -- Fighting each other harder than we ever fought the enemy -- Yes, we all shall be free -- Now the wolf has come -- Defeated- by the people at home.
From the author of the celebrated A People's History of the Civil War, a new account of the Confederacy's collapse from within. The American Confederacy, historian David Williams reveals, was in fact fighting two civil warsan external one that we hear so much about and an internal one about which there is scant literature and virtually no public awareness. From the Confederacy's very beginnings, Williams shows, white southerners were as likely to have opposed secession as supported it, and they undermined the Confederate war effort at nearly every turn. The draft law was nearly impossible to enforce, women defied Confederate authorities by staging food riots, and most of the time two-thirds of the Confederate army was absent with or without leave. In just one of many telling examples in this rich and eye-opening narrative history, Williams shows that, if the nearly half-million southerners who served in the Union military had been with the Confederates, the opposing forces would have been evenly matched. Shattering the myth of wartime southern unity, this riveting new analysis takes on the enduring power of the Confederacy's image and reveals it to be, like the Confederacy itself, a hollow shell.