The Loyal West: Civil War and Reunion in Middle America

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University of Illinois Press
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5.9 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew E. Stanley is an assistant professor of history at Albany State University.


"The Civil War transformed the Southern Midwest's cultural and political affinity with the border South into a strong Unionist (but not emancipationist) loyalty that helped the North win the war. As Matthew Stanley makes clear in this intriguing study, however, the Ohio Valley region led the Northern retreat from Reconstruction and the reconciliationist movement of the 1890s that partially restored that antebellum cultural affinity and pushed the historical issues of slavery and abolition into the background."--James M. McPherson

"An excellent addition to the ever-growing historiography of the intersection of memory, region, and national politics. . . . Highly Recommended."--Choice

"Stanley's study serves as a welcome addition to the growing field of borderland studies and the Civil War."--Journal of Southern History

"The Loyal West deserves to be required reading for scholars of midwestern history, nineteenth-century politics, and collective memory."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Stanley expertly demonstrates how emancipation and the postwar struggles over the precise meanings of freedom and equality ultimately made white political culture in 'middle America' as anti-Reconstruction and pro-segregation as one might have found in the South."--The Annals of Iowa

"The Loyal West, overall, constitutes an excellent addition to the growing canon of sectional reconciliation studies. . . . Stanley deserves praise for thoughtfully-rendered findings, indicative of a scholar who is deeply engaged with and excited about his work."--Civil War Book Review