P&P Live!: Heather Cox Richardson – How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America - with Joanne B. Freeman

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 6:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and established a foothold. It was a natural fit. Settlers from the East had for decades been pushing into the West, where the seizure of Mexican lands at the end of the Mexican-American War and treatment of Native Americans cemented racial hierarchies. The South and West equally depended on extractive industries-cotton in the former and mining, cattle, and oil in the latter-giving rise a new birth of white male oligarchy, despite the guarantees provided by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the economic opportunities afforded by expansion.

How the South Won the Civil War seizes upon the soul of the country and its ongoing struggle to provide equal opportunity to all. Debunking the myth that the Civil War released the nation from the grip of oligarchy, expunging the sins of the Founding, it reveals how and why the Old South not only survived in the West, but thrived.

Cox will be in conversation with Joanne B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University and a leading authority on early national politics and political culture. The author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War, Freeman is also a cohost of the popular history podcast BackStory.
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780190900908
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 1st, 2020

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