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How the South won the Civil War : oligarchy, democracy, and the continuing fight for the soul of America / Heather Cox Richardson.

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Summary:

"While in the short term--militarily--the North won the Civil War, in the long term--ideologically--victory went to the South. The continual expansion of the Western frontier allowed a Southern oligarchic ideology to find a new home and take root. Even with the abolition of slavery and the equalizing power of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the ostensible equalizing of economic opportunity afforded by Western expansion, anti-democratic practices were deeply embedded in the country's foundations, in which the rhetoric of equality struggled against the power of money. As the settlers from the East pushed into the West, so too did all of its hierarchies, reinforced by the seizure of Mexican lands at the end of the Mexican-American War and violence toward Native Americans. Both the South and the West depended on extractive industries--cotton in the former and mining and oil in the latter--giving rise to the creation of a white business elite." --Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 306.20973 RIC 2020 (Text) 33892100694844 Adult New Books Book None 07/17/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780190900908
  • ISBN: 0190900903
  • Physical Description: xxix, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Jacket title superimposes letters "N" and "R" under "S" and "U" of "South" to also suggest "North".
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-232) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The roots of paradox -- The triumph of equality -- The West -- Cowboy Reconstruction -- Western politics -- The West and the South join forces -- The rise of the new West -- Oligarchy rides again -- Conclusion: What then is this American?
Summary, etc.:
"While in the short term--militarily--the North won the Civil War, in the long term--ideologically--victory went to the South. The continual expansion of the Western frontier allowed a Southern oligarchic ideology to find a new home and take root. Even with the abolition of slavery and the equalizing power of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the ostensible equalizing of economic opportunity afforded by Western expansion, anti-democratic practices were deeply embedded in the country's foundations, in which the rhetoric of equality struggled against the power of money. As the settlers from the East pushed into the West, so too did all of its hierarchies, reinforced by the seizure of Mexican lands at the end of the Mexican-American War and violence toward Native Americans. Both the South and the West depended on extractive industries--cotton in the former and mining and oil in the latter--giving rise to the creation of a white business elite." --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Political culture > West (U.S.) > History.
Political culture > Southern States > History.
Oligarchy > United States > History.
Conservatism > United States > History.
Equality > United States > History.
United States > Territorial expansion > Political aspects.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Influence.
United States > Politics and government.

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