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Plain Folk's Fight: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Piney Woods Georgia (Civil War America) Hardcover – September 26, 2005

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"Impressive research supports Wetherington's refreshing reconsideration of common southerners' perceptions of the war and Reconstruction. His book is certain to attract attention from Civil War scholars and will prove entertaining for the interested public. . . . Highly Recommended." -- "Choice"

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A gracefully written, scholarly work that will appeal to specialists as well as casual readers of southern or Civil War history. . . . It is insightful work that deserves close attention.--H-South

|Wetherington's analysis is nuanced, and his scope is wide, ranging from politics and economics to religion and the cultural effects of battle casualties. . . . A necessary addition to Civil War historians' libraries.--Journal of American History

|An authoritative analysis of one remote section of rural Georgia. . . . For those scholars and general readers more interested in the intricacies of the Confederate home front than in the dryness of battlefield tactics, Plain Folk's Fight is a must-read.--H-CivWar

|Enriches knowledge of the Confederate South.--Journal of Southern History

|In Plain Folk's Fight, Mark Wetherington demonstrates the importance of giving agency to rural Americans whose voice has, until recently, been often overlooked. . . . For those scholars and general readers more interested in the intricacies of the Confederate home front than in the dryness of battle tactics, Plain Folk's Plight is a must-read.--H-Civil War

|[Plain Folk's Fight] remains a well-crafted monograph and appears even more impressive in light of Wetherington's ability to reconstruct the often elusive voice of the plain folk. . . . Its focus on a neglected region . . . marks it as a worthwhile endeavor into the larger historiography of antebellum and postbellum study.--Southern Historian

|Impressive research supports Wetherington's refreshing reconsideration of common southerners' perceptions of the war and Reconstruction. His book is certain to attract attention from Civil War scholars and will prove entertaining for the interested public. . . . Highly Recommended.--Choice

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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War America
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807829633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807829639
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Civil War's reconstruction process in Piney Woods Georgia is the narrowed focus of Plain Folk's Fight, an in-depth examination of the efforts to the Civil War on the rural South. Race consciousness was at the forefront of a fight by rural whites to defend their way of life in their neighborhood. These rural folk helped tip Georgia toward secession in 1861, supplied troops during the war, and found themselves divided in loyalty to the Confederate nation and their neighbors. Chapters focus on volunteer units, family organization, stories of hardship and independence, and black/white relationships affected by terrorism. Not for the casual Civil War student, but a 'most' for any serious discussion or collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Womack on August 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Insightful look at how average or "Plain" folks of the Wiregrass/ Ocmulgee Big Bend area of Georgia lived and survivied the Civil War and Reconstruction. Tons of new information here that often made me think, but it wasn't a page turner. However, if you are looking for a book on the Civil War in Coffee, Irwin, Telfair, Pulaski, and Wilcox counties or a good Georgia Home Front history... this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ptp on December 11, 2013
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This is a well researched and well written piece on a little known chapter of the history of the War Between the States. The author thoughtfully analyzes the role of the yeoman farmers and poor whites in the South's bid for independence. The war was fought largely to defend the political and economic interests of Southern elites while the burden of blood and suffering was shouldered by the common people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eastmanite on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mark Wetherington spent many years researching the Ocmulgee River region in south Georgia. His two books, including this one and his other, The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia, give the reader much insight into the culture of the area. For Civil War enthusiasts and lovers of history, this book is a sure bet.
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