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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825879
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID C. DOWNING is the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania and the author of six books, the most recent of which is Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. He has been an avid student of the Civil War for nearly twenty years and has walked many of the battlefields and led tours of Gettysburg.

About the Author

David C. Downing is a the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania and the author of six books, the most recent of which is Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. He has been an avid student of the Civil War for nearly twenty years and has walked many of the battlefields and led tours of Gettysburg.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Civil War historian David C. Downing (Professor of English, Elizabethtown College) presents A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy, a singularly fascinating look at the men, women, and slaves of the Confederate states who wanted no part of "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight." From public outrage over rising taxes and practices that rich slaveholders used to avoid being called to risk their lives on the front (there was even a "twenty-slave law" passed that protected slaveholders owning twenty or more slaves from the Confederate draft) to Indian tribes caught within and caught up in internecine rivalry to "cave dwellers" who used sophisticated means to evade conscription to those Southerners, particularly slaves, who outright deserted the Confederate army to join ranks with the Union, A South Divided reveals both individual stories and a grand picture of how internal dissent ultimately contributed to the Confederacy's defeat. "If all it takes to win wars is material superiority, then why did the British fail to prevent American independence and why did America fail to achieve its objectives in Vietnam?" A thoroughly engrossing "must-read" contribution to Civil War history shelves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on July 9, 2007
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Reviewed by Tyler R. Tichelaar for Reader Views (7/07)

David C. Downing's new book, "A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy," is a fascinating and long-overdue book. While he references a few books that have preceded his about divisions in the Southern States, "A South Divided" brings to the forefront a forgotten piece of American history that was far more complicated than we have been led to believe.

Downing makes the point that "the South" and the "Confederacy" are not interchangeable terms. Many people in the South did not support the Confederacy but wished to preserve the Union, and many Southerners acted subversively to support the Union during the war. Downing demonstrates that there is a lot of gray area in the battle between the blue and the gray.

The book begins with examples of pre-Civil War Southerners who were abolitionists and anti-secession. Most notable of these, in my opinion, were the Grimke sisters, wealthy daughters of a prominent Charleston and plantation-owning family, who were so disgusted by the evils of slavery they moved to the North and began to advocate abolition. While the book focuses primarily upon men who opposed the rebel cause, it contains a complete chapter on women, including Elizabeth Van Lew, who went so far as to treat wounded Union Soldiers in Richmond, aided a plot for Union soldiers to escape from the Richmond prison, and planted her slaves (whom she actually paid as servants) as spies in other Richmond homes so she could send secret missives to General Grant about the movements of the Confederate troops.

Equally interesting were the discussions of Southern states and counties that opposed secession from the Union.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Indian Lover on June 23, 2012
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The book arrived in excellent condition. The content is interesting, but could have been better written. Would recommend to any
individual with an interest in the subject as there does not appear to be many books on this subject.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By archaeopat on November 25, 2012
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This book was exactly as advertised and arrived promptly. It is a very good source on a poorly understood subject.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Brown Jr. on May 8, 2013
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I have enjoyed the book "A South Divided." It is amazing that the South was able to fight as long as it did. The south lost thousand of men who could had made a differince in the war because these men fought for the north. The south was to divided to win.
I thought the book did a great job showung how all the south was not for the war. It gave me a complete different picture of the south. Love the book!
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More About the Author

David C. Downing is the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Downing grew up in Colorado, went to college in Santa Barbara, and earned his PhD from UCLA. He currently teaches professional and creative writing at Elizabethtown and serves as English Department Chair.

Downing has written four scholarly books on C. S. Lewis: PLANETS IN PERIL (1992), a critical study of the Ransom trilogy; THE MOST RELUCTANT CONVERT (2002), an examination of Lewis's journey to faith; INTO THE WARDROBE (2005), an in-depth overview of the Narnia Chronicles; INTO THE REGION OF AWE (2005), a study of how Lewis's wide reading in Christian mysticism enhanced his own faith and enriched his imaginative writing. Downing also provided a critical introduction and over 300 explanatory notes to the new edition of C. S. Lewis's THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, originally published in 1933 and reissued by Eerdmans in the Wade Center Annotated Edition (2014).

Downing is a consulting reader on C. S. Lewis for the Publications of the Modern Languages Association (PMLA), as well as Christian Scholars Review and Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review. He has also served as an editorial consultant for Cambridge University Press and a number of American university presses.

Downing is also the author of A SOUTH DIVIDED: PORTRAITS OF DISSENT IN THE CONFEDERACY and LOOKING FOR THE KING (2010), a historical novel in which two young Americans meet Lewis and Tolkien in Oxford in 1940. The Facebook page for LOOKING FOR THE KING contains a number of anecdotes, quotations, and photographs relating to C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and their friends. Downing's college website may be found at http://users.etown.edu/d/downindc/ and his blog is at www.cslewis.com.






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