The South vs. the South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War

By William W. Freehling | Go to book overview

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The Union's Task

Military surrenders invite a simple explanation: The heavier battalions swept the battlefield. Supposedly, the combatant that can bring more men, more material, more sophisticated weapons to military points of contacts will defeat the less well endowed foe.

Assuredly, the free labor North wielded weightier resources than the slave labor South. The North's immense Civil War task, however, bade fair to outweigh the section's larger power. If the Confederacy could have marshaled all the slave labor states' people and resources, free labor states might have been insufficiently richer, especially in manpower, to afford the Union's costly strategy to complete its difficult conquest.


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In 1860, the free labor states' population outnumbered the slave labor states' by 19 to 12 million, a more than three to two margin. Free labor

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Maps and Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Part One - The Other House Divided 1
  • 1 - The Union's Task 3
  • 2 - Fault Lines in the Pre-Civil War South 17
  • 3 - The Secession Crisis 33
  • Part Two - Southern White Anti-Confederates 45
  • 4 - From Neutrality to Unionism 47
  • 5 - The Jackpot 65
  • Part Three - Southern Black Anti-Confederates 83
  • 6 - The Delay 85
  • 7 - The Collaboration 115
  • 8 - The Harvest 141
  • Part Four - Last Full Measure 175
  • 9 - The Last Best Hope 177
  • 10 - The Taproot and Its Blight 201
  • Notes 207
  • Index 231
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