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


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.2 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College. Her previous works include West from Appomattox and To Make Men Free.


... Richardson suggested that her most recent book, How the South Won the Civil War, was her smartest. There is no doubt that it is, at the very least, her most ambitious. -- Catherine McNicol Stock, Connecticut College, The Annals of Iowa

A timely and vivid account of America's enduring struggle between democratic ideals and oligarchical demands -- from a stellar historian. The themes are broad and the implications mighty, but this isn't history from on high. Richardson uses a human lens to tell her tale, revealing the passions and
power-plays that have sustained this battle for dominance. The end result is something rare and invaluable: a skilled work of history, deeply grounded in the past, that speaks loudly, clearly, and crucially to the present. -- Joanne Freeman, Yale University, author of The Field Of Blood: Violence
in Congress and the Road to Civil War

A thought-provoking study of the centuries-spanning battle between oligarchy and equality in America. -- Kirkus

Though Richardson underemphasizes the prevalence of racism, sexism, and inequality in other parts of the country during and following the Civil War, she marshals a wealth of evidence to support the book's provocative title. Conservatives will cry foul, but liberal readers will be persuaded by this
lucid jeremiad. -- Publishers Weekly

What the great books do is retell history in a way that creates a deepened and clarified connection between what was and what is. The brilliant historian Heather Cox Richardson has produced magic with this stunning work, which fuses the historian's craft to the storyteller's art. I love this book.
For anyone seeking to understand how we got here, and where we're likely bound, this is a must-read. -- Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Price of Loyalty and Hope in the Unseen

Good revisionist history jars you, forces you to look at the past in a new way, and thereby transforms your view of the present. Heather Cox Richardson is a master of the genre, to the benefit of us all. Even those who take issue with her will be forced by this powerful book to come to terms with
aspects of our past that we often just sweep under the rug of memory. Important and revelatory. -- E.J. Dionne JR., author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

In a tour de force, Richardson exposes the philosophical connective tissue that runs from John C. Calhoun, to Barry Goldwater, to Donald Trump. It's not party, it's a complex ideology that has swaddled white supremacy and its political, legal, economic, and physical violence in the language of
freedom and rugged individualism, and, in doing so, repeatedly slashed a series of self-inflicted wounds on American democracy. -- Carol Anderson, Emory University, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our

Those interested in American history, politcis, and its historical development will find much to enjoy in this well-written, argued work. -- Library Journal, *starred review