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Seven Myths of the Civil War

Seven Myths of the Civil War

Edited, with an Introduction, by Wesley Moody; Series Editors: Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt

September 2017
Series: Myths of History - 200 pp.

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Cloth (no dust jacket) 978-1-62466-637-7
$54.00
Paper 978-1-62466-636-0
$19.00
Examination 978-1-62466-636-0
$3.00

Quick Overview

Series: Myths of History


"Readers of this book who thought they knew a lot about the U.S. Civil War will discover that much of what they 'knew' is wrong. For readers whose previous knowledge is sketchy but whose desire to learn is strong, the separation of myth from reality is an important step toward mastering the subject. The essays will generate lively discussion and new insights." —James M. McPherson, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

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"Readers of this book who thought they knew a lot about the U.S. Civil War will discover that much of what they 'knew' is wrong. For readers whose previous knowledge is sketchy but whose desire to learn is strong, the separation of myth from reality is an important step toward mastering the subject. The essays will generate lively discussion and new insights."
      —James M. McPherson, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

"Wesley Moody's clear, engaging book tackles enduring Civil War myths with grace, candor, and persuasive evidence. By exploring a wide range of subjects including the war's causes, soldiers, leaders, prisons, and battlefields, this volume's group of talented historians accomplishes more than myth busting. Each scholar reveals deeper, more satisfying stories hidden beneath Civil War fallacies and falsehoods. As a result, Civil War students and enthusiasts will find more than facts in this compelling book; they’ll encounter the complexities of real war, the long shadows of memory, and the hard work that historians conduct to illuminate the past."
      —Jason Phillips, Eberly Professor of Civil War History, West Virginia University

"Seven Myths of the Civil War is well-written, engaging, accessible, and of very sound scholarship. In this volume some of the premier scholars in the field of Civil War history weigh in and root out the causes, courses, and continuing consequences of these persistent mythologies in ways that are at once both easily accessible and necessarily nuanced.
      "I plan to use this collection of essays as a centerpiece of my next Civil War-themed course. I’ll use it to introduce the prevailing myths regarding the Civil War Era, then point up the ways in which the historical record can be seen to utterly debunk those myths."
      —James Hill Welborn III, Georgia College & State University

 

Myths of History series editor Andrew Holt interviews Dr. Wesley Moody about Seven Myths of the Civil War:

 

Table of Contents:

Series Editors' Foreword

Editor's Preface

Introduction: The Continuing Battles of the Civil War

  • Confederate States' Rights: A Contradiction in Terms (Michale T. Bernath)
  • Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist? (Ian Patrick Hunt)
  • African Americans in Confederate Military Service: Myth and Reality (Brooks D. Simpson)
  • The Myth of the "Great" Conventional Battlefield War (Barton A. Myers)
  • Civil War Prisons: The Legacy of Responsibility (Benjamin Cloyd)
  • The Lost Causers' Favorite Target: Grant the Butcher (Edward H. Bonekemper, III)
  • Marching through Georgia: The Myth of Sherman's Total War (Wesley Moody)

Epilogue: Notes from a Southerner

Suggested Readings

Contributor Biographies

Index

 

About the Author:

Wesley Moody is Professor of History, Florida State College at Jacksonville.