- Hardcover: 126 pages
- Publisher: Arno Press (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0405106025
- ISBN-13: 978-0405106026
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,924,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Creed of the Old South, 1865-1915 Hardcover – 1979
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Life was not easy for civilians of the confederacy during or after the war. A very interesting view of life in the South prior to, during and after the war.
The author makes a number of statements that I find hard to accept, but does it in such a way that is thought-provoking. For example, he maintains that the average rebel soldier had deep understanding of the politics of the time, that they were not mislead into war, and that slavery was only a test of a larger principle of local autonomy and not the proximate cause of the war.
I find his discussion of this last issue to be the most interesting. I have often thought that it was a shame that states' rights were decided over something as onerous as slavery. Had slavery not been the major force behind the war, the discussion of the limits of a central government might have been decided differently. As happened, local autonomy was (and is) discredited by the South's refusal to accept any method of or time table for the elimination of human bondage. I think it would be easier to protect ourselves from over-reaching federal government had we not thrown out all aspects of states' rights.
The author also makes other thought-provoking observations. Writing during reconstruction, he argues that the nation would have been better off if the southern states had been allowed to retain their state governments intact, rather than be subject to military rule. I am sure he is right -- were it not that he ignores reconstruction and post reconstruction racism.
His is a viewpoint forged and tempered in his times. But as he points out, it is important to know not just how wars end, but how they begin.
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The author reveals his vast knowledge of the classics and attempts to equate them to the Confederacy in terms of secession, war and slavery for his hypothesis that the Old South... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
GOOD READING,BUT A LITTLE HARD TO UNDERSTAND AT TIMES. I WILL HAVE TO READ SOME MORE OF MR. GILDERSLEEVES WRITINGS TO MAYBE UNDERSTAND HIS STYLE.Published on September 15, 2013 by FRANK G. HILLfrank g. hill