Most Americans hold basic misconceptions about the Confederacy,
the Civil War, and the actions of subsequent neo-Confederates. For
example, two thirds of Americans--including most history
teachers--think the Confederate States seceded for "states'
rights." This error persists because most have never read the key
documents about the Confederacy.
These documents have always been there. When South Carolina
seceded, it published "Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which
Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal
Union." The document actually opposes states' rights. Its authors
argue that Northern states were ignoring the rights of slave owners
as identified by Congress and in the Constitution. Similarly,
Mississippi's "Declaration of the Immediate Causes ?]" says, "Our
position is thoroughly identified with the institution of
slavery--the greatest material interest of the world."
Later documents in this collection show how neo-Confederates
obfuscated this truth, starting around 1890. The evidence also
points to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate thought even
today and to the continuing importance of neo-Confederate ideas in
American political life. The 150th anniversary of secession and
civil war provides a moment for all Americans to read these
documents, properly set in context by award-winning sociologist and
historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to put
in perspective the mythology of the Old South.
University Press Of Mississippi
|Country of origin:
James W. Loewen
• Edward H. Sebesta
||Electronic book text
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!