Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South

Here’s Professor Stephanie McCurry discussing why she wrote her book, Confederate Reckoning:  Power and Politics in the Civil War South.

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12 comments

    1. BorderRuffian · · Reply

      She’s awful.

      1. Translation: She exposes cherished myths for the fairy tales they really are.

      2. My first glimpse of her was here http://www.c-span.org/video/?305000-1/legacies-civil-war, with quite a distinguished panel. Border Ruffian, I would enjoy hearing your specific objections to her arguments. Or Coates. Or Gallagher. Or Blight. etc.

  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Very good, very good. Thanks for sharing. A lot of food for thought. What a vocabulary. Perseverant. Coverture. Provincialism. Methodological. Nice to hear a woman CW scholar. I just wish she hadn’t read it all.

  2. Jimmy Dick · · Reply

    She makes a wonderfully compelling case. I have not read this book as of yet, but it just moved up into my To Read list top 10. I read some of William C. Davis’s work on politics in the Confederacy and she seems to go into some greater depth. I can pretty much bet that the heritage crew won’t be reading this book.

    1. The book is terrific, Jimmy. You’ll thank yourself for reading it as soon as possible.

      1. Jimmy Dick · · Reply

        In going through the negative comments on Amazon I see many hate the idea that a group of southern women did not support the confederacy. I also see that a few Lost Causers made the usual comments indicating they did not read the book at all. I love how the anti-feminist comments seem to say that McCurry did not prove anything and offered no evidence to support her interpretation. I see that comment far too often on reviews. Upon looking through a book chock full of sources you begin to question those comments.

        I like looking at the rankings of the reviewers. It is a bit revealing. 29 millionth, 30 millionth, 2 millionth, etc. Then look at some of the other reviewers in the 3, 4, and 5 star reviews and see some below 50,000th. The reviews are not academic, but some of them are interesting.

        1. The vast majority of Amazon comments are worthless.

          1. Jimmy Dick · ·

            Yep, most are. However, you can decipher a pattern for history books. A lot depends on who wrote the book and who wrote the review. Politics definitely plays a role in the reviewing for some people.

          2. Definitely. But I don’t feel like I have the time to waste on those folks.

    2. Bob Nelson · · Reply

      No, probably not. LOL

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