Confederate History Month :: April 2018 :: Focus on those that opposed evil rather than embracing it

Focus on those that opposed evil rather than embracing it

To acknowledge those within the confederacy which worked for the American nation in the middle of rebellion we will read:

The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War by William W. Freehling

A quote from a review about Freehling’s work:

“William Freehling’s The South vs. The South is an innovative narrative of the Civil War that focuses on the vast number of southerners–both white and black–who opposed the Confederacy. These “anti-Confederates,” as Freehling terms Border State whites and slaves in the Confederacy, composed half of the southern population and were crucial to Union victory. By dividing the southern home front, by weakening the Confederacy militarily, and by contributing manpower and material to the Union, anti-Confederates made a crucial contribution to the Union war effort, hastening the end of the war and aiding the Union in its victory.”

Christine Dee –

Our Confederate History Month will focus on southern history in opposition to slavery, persecution and insurrection and will try to significantly feature black experiences and leadership in opposition to but within the Confederacy. It will focus on those that opposed evil rather than embracing it. I believe this book meets these requirements. 

We should not allow overwhelming evil to completely obscure uncommon (even if imperfect) goodness. 

Specifically this month we want to look at how the Confederacy was allowed to form within the South and how the role of northern anti-slavery and the nature of anti-black feelings and actions in the North impacted the Confederacy’s inception and encouraged it to metastasize.

It will also demonstrate that slavery is the core issue of the Confederacy and therefore the American Civil War and a key part of the United States as a whole. Without slavery there would be no Confederacy and the only reason the Confederacy existed was to preserve the social order slavery created. All other issues were secondary and would have been resolved without rebellion and civil war. Americans were not going to war over internal improvements and tariff policy. Americans were also not going tot war for black equality. White supremacy was a goal of most northern anti-slavery movements. There were enlightened groups of Abolitionists, but as a whole, northern anti-slavery was designed around maintaining white supremacy. 

William Freehling is the Singletary Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. He has written many notable books about the Civil War Era in the United States, notably The Road to Disunion (2 vols) and Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836

From From Oxford University Press

  • Preface

Part 1: The Other House Divided

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3

Part 2: Southern White Anti-Confederates

  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5

Part 3: Southern Black Anti-Confederates

  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8

Part 4: Their Last Full Measure

  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10