- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (July 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604732199
- ISBN-13: 978-1604732191
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause"
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"This is a fantastic collection of essential documents that I wish I'd had way back in my student days. It would have saved me many years of stumbling across them in piecemeal fashion. Their broad sweep gives the reader a good sense of the Confederacy's foundations and a firm notion of why many of the issues that brought it into being are still with us today"
--Harold D. Williams, author of A People's History of the Civil War: Struggles for the Meaning of Freedom and Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War
"This important and persuasive book explodes the myths surrounding slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader should be required reading for classroom teachers. It deals with crucial events in this nation's history--and it is as current as today's news.
--John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi and The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care
"This is THE book we've all been needing out here! And what a great team to put it together."
--Monroe Gilmour, coordinator, Western North Carolina Citizens for an End to Institutional Bigotry
"This collection of documents associated with the history and memory of the times and events that led to the creation of the Southern Confederacy is an impressive educational tool for understanding and appreciating the pivotal period of the Civil War. The valuable historical data contained in these pages, taken from the words of those who created and influenced the critical events of the time, provide a striking understanding of the development and complexity of the Confederate ideology before, during, and after the Civil War. This book also traces the evolving historical interpretation of that most critically important period of national history and its impact upon present-day perceptions of the Civil War era."
--James Oliver Horton, author of The Landmarks of African American History and co-editor of Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory
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Resounding documentary proof that the original reasoning behind secession and subsequently myth-making was in defense of slavery and white supremacy
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I only have two minor criticisms of the book. The formatting is such that it is difficult to tell when you have left Loewen's commentary and have begun to read a quote from the historical documents. Second, Loewen quotes the historical documents so much that is slows down the reading. It is a necessary evil if one is to know they are getting accurate history on such an historically debatable topic, but it could have been facilitated by changing the formatting so that the reader could skip over or browse the document if they wanted to.