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The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy

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Titel: The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy
Autor/en: William C. Davis

ISBN: 0700612548
EAN: 9780700612543
Sprache: Englisch.
UNIV PR OF KANSAS

Oktober 1996 - kartoniert - 224 Seiten

In these pages, Davis brings into sharp focus the facts and fictions of the South's victories and defeats, its tenacious struggle to legitimize its cause and defeat an overpowering enemy, and its ultimate loss of will. He debunks long-standing legends, offers irrefutable evidence explaining Confederate actions, and contemplates the idealism, naivete, folly, and courage of the military leadership and would-be founding fathers. Among the most misunderstood, Davis contends, was Jefferson Davis. Often branded as enigmatic and incompetent, the Confederate president was simply a decent and committed leader whose mistakes were magnified by the war's extraordinary demands. Davis scrutinizes Jefferson Davis' relationship with his generals - most of whom were unproved talents or cronies with proven deficiencies - and reveals why only Robert E. Lee succeeded in winning Davis' confidence through flattery, persuasion, and a sense of responsibility. He also examines the myths and memories of the nearly deified Stonewall Jackson and of John C. Breckinridge, the only effective Confederate secretary of war. Davis also illustrates why the cause of the war - a subject of long-standing controversy - boils down to the single issue of slavery; why Southerners, 90 percent of whom didn't own slaves, were willing to join in the battle to defend their homeland; how the personalities, tactics, and styles of the armies in the turbulent West differed greatly from those in the East; what real or perceived turning points influenced Southern decision making; and how mythology and misinterpretations have been perpetuated through biography, history, literature, and film.
William C. Davis is the recipient of three Jefferson Davis Awards as well as the T. Harry Williams Memorial Award, Bell I. Wiley Prize, Fletcher Pratt Award, Phi Alpha Theta Award, and Harry S. Truman Award. His many books include Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, The Union That Shaped the Confederacy (see page 43), and Look Awayl A History of the Confederate States of America.
"Celebrated author William C. Davis here offers us stimulating essays full of provocative opinions. Will provoke plenty of healthy debate." - Blue & Gray Magazine; "This provocative book challenges readers to look at old questions in new ways. It's a splendid read, entertaining and enlightening in equal measure and leavened with more than a dash of humor." - Gary W. Gallagher, editor of The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond; "A wonderful book, written by a man with full command of, and great love for, his subject. Davis grasps the war in its totality, decently and respectfully. He does not so much demolish myths as clarify and nuance them." - Washington Times; "This splendid collection, characterized by the same insight, humor, and delightful irreverence found in all Davis's writing, has something for everyone." - Journal of Southern History "Davis advances strong opinions without qualification and often in a bold, memorable way." - Georgia Historical Quarterly; "William C. Davis is one of the best and most prolific historians of the American Civil War. His many books have added immeasurably to our knowledge and understanding." - James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom
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