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The Collapse of the Confederacy : Southern Classics (Univ of South Carolina) - Charles H. Wesley

The Collapse of the Confederacy

Southern Classics (Univ of South Carolina)

By: Charles H. Wesley, John David Smith (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9781570034107
Number Of Pages: 270

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IN 1937 CHARLES H. WESLEY (1891-1987) took a bold step in rewriting the history of the Confederate South by asserting that the new nationa failed because of underlying internal and social factors. Looking beyond military events to explain the Confederacy's demise, Wesley challenged conventional interpretations and argued that, by 1865, the supposedly unified South had ""lost its will to fight."" He also recognized that many factors contributed to the defeat of the Confederacy: over-whelming numbers in the Northern armies, scarcity of food in the South, loss of manpower in the Confederate army, lack of war materiel, poor fiscal management, the Union blockade, the South's ""king cotton"" diplomacy, states' rights, and inferior Confederate leadership. This edition of Wesley's The Collapse of the Confederacy includes a new introduction by John David Smith that examines Wesley's interpretation of Confederate defeat and analyzes its significance for modern scholarship on the experiences of African Americans in the Civil War.

General Editor's Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xxxv
Introduction to the First Editionp. xxxvii
The Resources of Warp. 1
Food for Army and People
The Effects of Confederate Financial Plans
War Supplies and Manufactures
Systems of Transportation
Politics and Societyp. 47
The Cabinet
The Congress
Popular Opposition to Administrative Measures
States Rights Controversy
Social Evils
Popular Moralep. 74
The Decline of Enthusiasm
"Rich Man's War"
The Effects of Death
The Will to Fight
Movements for Peace
Southern Women
Cotton and Slaveryp. 105
Cotton is King
Limitation of Cotton
The Failure of Cotton
The Refusal to Abandon Slavery
The Last Desperate Measurep. 134
The Free Negro Population
The Military Employment of Free Negroes
The Impressment of Slaves for War Purposes
Negro Soldiers
Postscriptp. 167
Appendixp. 172
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9781570034107
ISBN-10: 1570034109
Series: Southern Classics (Univ of South Carolina)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 1st April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.86 x 12.88  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.28