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The Confederacy / by Charles P. Roland.


Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1960.
ISBN 9780226724508, 0226724506

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Subjects Confederate States of America -- History.
United States -- Confederate States of America.
Series Chicago history of American civilization.
Description x, 218 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Copyright Date 1960.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Confederacy was never single-minded. From the fateful year of 1861 until Appomattox, the South was a complex of heroism and cowardice, grief and frivolity, nationalism and state rights. But at the same time the Southern nation underwent a complete career from birth through maturity to death. In The Confederacy Charles P. Roland is faithful to both the larger career and the internal complexity. Paying careful attention to President Davis' struggle against dividing forces within, the author skillfully narrates the attempt of the Confederacy to wage total war against superior forces. All the poignant events and conditions are here: the formation of the government, the upper South's final commitment to the cause, the doomed attempts to combat the Northern blockade at home and Northern diplomacy overseas, an agrarian economy's heroic defiance of an industrial enemy, the desperate measures by which the Davis government tried to sustain the Confederacy, and, at last, the dissolution and flight of the administration in 1865. With accuracy, sensitivity, and balance, Mr. Roland develops the epic themes of his story against a background of vivid historical detail and re-creates the Confederacy with a tragic splendor--that prime quality of its surviving image among Southerners."--Jacket.
Contents The lower South departs -- Birth of the Confederacy -- The South prepares for war -- The opposition takes shape -- Glow of victory -- Shadow of defeat -- Failure of King Cotton diplomacy -- A divided South and total war -- A beleaguered people -- Death of the Confederacy -- In retrospect.
Genre History.
Other Identifiers BX60012573
Geographic Area Southern States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)617346
(OCoLC)ocm00617346
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Roland, Charles Pierce, 1918-
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