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How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson (Professor of History, Professor of History, Boston College)

How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Heather Cox Richardson (Professor of History, Professor of History, Boston College)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publication date: 15 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9780190900908

A provocative and propulsive look at American history, and the myth that the Civil War's "new birth of freedom" ended oligarchy. It just moved westward.

4 stars out of 5
13 Sep 2020

"Heather Cox Richardson offers an eloquent history of the negation of the American idea, with clear lessons for November"

In all it is a fascinating thesis, and Richardson marshals strong support for it in noting everything from personal connections to voting patterns in Congress over decades. She errs slightly at times. John Kennedy, not Ronald Reagan, first said “a rising tide lifts all boats” (it apparently derives from a marketing slogan for New England); she is too harsh on Theodore Roosevelt’s reforms; and William Jennings Bryan – a western populist Democrat who railed against oligarchy even as he did not support racial equality – belongs in the story.

 

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