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Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865 (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0807134757
ISBN-10: 0807134759
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"Executing Daniel Bright is microhistory at its finest...surpasses Phillip Shaw Paludan's classic Victims (1981) in analytical sophistication, making it one of the finest books we have on localized guerrilla warfare."
Peter S. Carmichael, Reviews in American History 39

"What Myers has shown about the vicious, vengeful nature of guerrilla warfare is as impressive as it is sobering...Myers has also proven that for many residents of northeastern North Carolina local loyalties...were more important than Confederate independence or the preservation of the Union. "
Paul Escott, Civil War Book Review

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"This fine piece of microhistory shows why guerrilla conflict became a decisive factor in determining the loyalties of many wartime southerners...Myers' intricate tale of race, revenge, and intimidation in North Carolina leaves no doubt that local circumstances and the threat of personal ruin...ruled."---Daniel E. Sutherland

Executing Daniel Bright brings to mind Charles W. Joyner's admonition that historians "ask big questions about life in small places." In his compact, fast-paced, well-researched microhistory, Myers employs a fine lens and a subtle touch to examine the vicissitudes of war. John David Smith, Journal of American History

Executing Daniel Bright...radically challenge[s] existing interpretations of the Civil War in eastern North Carolina. Their positions on class divisions, wartime allegiances, Union policies, the role of African Americans, and the importance of gender will shape debate for the next 
generation. North Carolina Historical Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"... thoroughly researched and prize-winning study of violence in the no-man's-land of northeastern coastal North Carolina..." -- Civil War Book Review

"Myers adds significantly to the increasingly diverse mosaic of community studies that have helped scholars understand the deep social impact of the Civil War." -- Journal of Southern History

Daniel Bright was executed in 1863 for his involvement in an irregular resistance to Union army incursions along the coast of North Carolina. In Executing Daniel Bright, Barton A. Myers uses Bright's life and death to exemplify a larger pattern of retaliatory executions and public murders meant to enforce a message of political loyalty and military conduct on the Confederate home front. Myers contends that Bright's execution provides a tangible illustration of the collapse of social order on the southern home front that ultimately led to the downfall of the Confederacy.

Barton A. Myers is an assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. Fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the North Caroliniana Society are among his other honors.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Barton A. Myers is Assistant Professor of Civil War History at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

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