. . ."Goldfield writes with such veteran grace" . . .
Kirkus Review 2011
America Aflame offers a major new interpretation
of the Civil War era, not painting the war as a
triumph of freedom, but as America's greatest failure:
the result of a breakdown caused by the infusion
of evangelical religion into the public sphere.
The price of that failure was horrific, but the carnage
accomplished what statesmen could not: It made the
United States one nation and eliminated slavery as a
divisive force in the Union.
A panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s
to the end of Reconstruction and a vivid portrait
of the "fiery trial" that transformed the country
we live in.
This sweeping account of the South from the
Civil War to the present, contemplates the roots
of southern memory and explains how this
memory has shaped the modern South both for
good and ill. The battle for southern history, and
for the South, continues-in museums, public
spaces, and state legislatures.
Still Fighting the Civil War will help newcomers,
longtime residents, and curious outsiders alike
attain a better understanding of the South and
Black, White, and Southern, shows how
the struggles of black southerners to lift
the barriers that had historically
separated them from their white
counterparts not only brought about
the demise of white supremacy but
did so without destroying the South's
Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers
Tracing nearly four centuries of social and economic history, this books shows that the southern city – unlike its northern counterpart – continues to reflect the surrounding region, with its staple=crop agriculture, quasi-colonial economy, biracialism, and dominant rural values of family and religion.
Johns Hopkins University Press
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