How the South Won the Civil War How the South Won the Civil War

How the South Won the Civil War

Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

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Named one of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction

While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and there established a foothold. It was a natural fit. Settlers from the East had for decades been pushing into the West, where the seizure of Mexican lands at the end of the Mexican-American War and treatment of Native Americans cemented racial hierarchies. The South and West equally depended on extractive industries-cotton in the former and mining, cattle, and oil in the latter-giving rise a new birth of white male oligarchy, despite the guarantees provided by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the economic opportunities afforded by expansion.

To reveal why this happened, How the South Won the Civil War traces the story of the American paradox, the competing claims of equality and subordination woven into the nation's fabric and identity. At the nation's founding, it was the Eastern "yeoman farmer" who galvanized and symbolized the American Revolution. After the Civil War, that mantle was assumed by the Western cowboy, singlehandedly defending his land against barbarians and savages as well as from a rapacious government. New states entered the Union in the late nineteenth century and western and southern leaders found yet more common ground. As resources and people streamed into the West during the New Deal and World War II, the region's influence grew. "Movement Conservatives," led by westerners Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, claimed to embody cowboy individualism and worked with Dixiecrats to embrace the ideology of the Confederacy.

Richardson's searing book seizes upon the soul of the country and its ongoing struggle to provide equal opportunity to all. Debunking the myth that the Civil War released the nation from the grip of oligarchy, expunging the sins of the Founding, it reveals how and why the Old South not only survived in the West, but thrived.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2020
March 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Oxford University Press
SELLER
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford trading as Oxford University Press
SIZE
4.7
MB

Customer Reviews

SteveC0613 ,

How the South Won the Civil War

A fascinating overview of American social and political history. I would have liked to have had more in-depth exploration of some of the concepts used in developing the author’s views.

newtwist ,

This is America…, behind the headlines!!!

You will see, as I have seen, how America truly operates. You will discover the power of lies and conspiracies, how they keep the “FEW”, in control and in power. And, how, we the people, constantly give them this control and power, primarily because of those same lies and conspiracies, which have been told over and over again. The playbook is the same. Only the players change. Take this Red Pill! Read this book! And find out for yourself how the Matrix really works!

Jim Wanner ,

Explaining Trump

This review of our history, from the Civil War to the Trump presidency, makes it clear that our current problems were in play along before the 2016 election. The choice we face today between oligarchy and democracy is a replay of the 1860s, according to Richardson. If she is right (and I believe she is) then the 2020 election may well be our last chance to save democracy. Recommended.

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