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Academic historians have led the way in positing an absence of strong national will in the Confederacy, but popular writers have joined in the chorus. Having lost half of their white military-age population to death or injury and seen their social and economic systems ripped apart, they learned a bitter lesson in failure spared the vast majority of white Americans throughout more than two centuries of United States history. The Confederate War Gary W. But, argues distinguished historian Gary Gallagherwe should not ask why the Confederacy collapsed so soon but rather how it lasted so long. More directly, he has rightly challenged the "stunning innocence" of the broad historical community to "the ways in which military events helped shape all the dimensions of American life" during this conflict 8. Drawing on letters, diaries, and newspapers of the day, he shows that Southerners held not only an unflagging belief in their way of life, which sustained them to the bitter end, but also a widespread expectation of victory and a strong popular will closely attuned to military events. In this spirit, today we share books by some exceptional female authors.

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They offer a reading of Confederate history substantially at odds with some interpretations that currently hold sway.

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In the final chapter I argue that Confederates believed they had been beaten on the battlefield rather than undone by internal divisions. The people are gloomy, and weary of this 'never ending--still beginning' strife, and victory alone will revive their drooping spirits. The editor of a book series with an important academic press, contributor to a number of popular and academicjournals, and an esteemed member of a university department renowned for its military history program, Gallagher has clearly established a strong reputation in the field. Part of the problem stems from a failure to place the Confederate poeple's wartime behavior within a larger historical framework. Forebearance is no longer a virtue with us. But, argues distinguished historian Gary Gallagher, we should not ask why the Confederacy collapsed so soon but rather how it lasted so long.

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But, argues distinguished historian Gary Gallagher, we should not ask why the Confederacy collapsed so soon but rather how it lasted so long. In reaching my conclusions, I have gone where the sources led me. No eBook available Amazon. Had the North lost the war, historians doubtless would have used its people's literary record to prove a lack of will that helped explain Confederate success. This phenomenon has received far too little attention--perhaps because of a tendency in the scholarly literature to slight the vital ways in which military events influenced the home front.