"Lincolnites and Rebels is based on a vast array of original source material, and it is well organized and well written. Knoxville's Civil War story is full of economic and sociopolitical twists and turns and interesting, opinioned characters. McKenzie does an outstanding job of bringing all facets of this narrative together."-Ben Wynne, The North Carolina Historical Review "Robert Tracy McKenzie's excellent study of wartime Knoxville reinforces that recent scholarship with exhaustive research and interpretive verve... Lincolnites and Rebels deserves to find an audience among all scholars of the war, not just those who look to the mountains."-Kenneth W. Noe, Civil War History "This thoughtful work unquestionably reaches important new conclusions."-John Cimprich, American Historical Review "McKenzie vividly portrays Knoxville as a microcosm of the Civil War as a brothers' war, dividing families, friends, and neighbors... An excellent contribution to the socio-political understanding of border state communities in the Civil War. From the pages of Lincolnites and Rebels emerges a clear image of a complex issue underlying the heart of the Civil War. The division of a nation would not be, indeed could not be, accomplished with surgical precision."-Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, Reviews in American History "An unusually well written, solid, scholarly study, filled with colorful vignettes... Highly recommended."-CHOICE "Knoxville, Tennessee, in the 1860s was a deeply divided town in a deeply divided region, a place where the dictates of conscience collided repeatedly with the constraints of power. Tracy McKenzie has brilliantly illuminated the complex issues of loyalty and dissent in the Civil War South. This book is essential reading for anyone who seeks a richer understanding not only of the Civil War but also of the moral crisis faced by people of any time or place who find themselves living under enemy rule."-Stephen V. Ash, University of Tennessee "An important addition to our understanding of the Civil War in the Appalachian South... It appears unlikely to this reviewer that this study will be superseded."-Gordon McKinney, Civil War Book Review
About the Author
Robert Tracy McKenzie is Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College. He is the author of One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee, which received awards from the American Historical Association's Pacific Coast Branch and the Agricultural History Society.