The Fall of the House of Dixie

The Fall of the House of Dixie

The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

eBook - 2013
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In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679645351
0679645357
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 439 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill., map.
Contents: The house of Dixie
Securing the mansion : the slaveholder revolt and its origins
Early portents : the first phases of war
Recognizing the "logic of events" : Union war policy evolves, 1861-1863
"The clouds are dark over us" : the convulsions of 1863
Bound for "a land they knew not" : after slavery, what?
Cracks in the walls widen
A ray of light shines briefly through the rafters
Feeling the timbers shudder
And the walls gave way : Richmond, Appomattox, and after
Conclusion : "We should rejoice".
Summary: In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended.

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luisperez
Jul 15, 2015

great reading for a better understanding on the civil war.

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SusanWilbanks
Jun 09, 2013

Excellent history of the Civil War that focuses on social and political issues--especially on the rapid progress of emancipation and abolition once the fighting began--rather than on military tactics and strategy.

raydat51 Jun 03, 2013

Brilliant writing, and a book that puts to rest forever the old shibboleth that the Civil War ever concerned states rights. It was fought to represent the privileges of an economic elite whose wealth depended on owning and brutalizing the black race. None are presented as perfect here, even Lincoln has a more callow side (though his genuine greatness shines as well.) This should be required reading for high school and a lesson that those who forget the power of the economically privileged will fall under their power as again (think bankers and the mortgage crisis). A ten best book.

Insalaco Apr 27, 2013

Superbly written account of slavery and the Civil War.

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