Cover

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xi

Identifying all those who helped me in the research and writing of this book is rather like drawing up an invitation list to a southern wedding. . . .

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-5

N THE months after Appomattox, white southerners confronted hundreds of unsettling questions about their future. This book is the story . . .

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Chapter I: Social Disorder and Violence in the Land of the Vanquished

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pp. 6-23

ON MARCH 2, 1865, Confederate officers mustered the eleven hundred men of the Galveston, Texas, garrison on an open field near . . .

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Chapter II: Self-Reconstruction Begins: The Failure of Strait-Sect Unionism

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pp. 24-60

IN THE weeks after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, white southerners waited for Andrew Johnson's first substantive policy . . .

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Chapter III: Southern Realism and Southern Honor: The Limits of Self-Reconstruction

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pp. 61-95

IT WAS a subdued group of Mississippians who gathered in Jackson in mid-August of 1865 as delegates to their state's postwar constitutional . . .

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Chapter IV: Uncertain Prophets in the Land of the Vanquished

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pp. 96-146

AS THE postwar legislators traveled to their state capitals in the early fall of 1865, their journeys were a sobering reminder of the . . .

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Chapter V: The Proslavery Argument in a World Without Slavery

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pp. 147-175

SOUTHERN whites were obsessed with race in the months after Appomattox. "Everybody talks about the negro at all hours of the day, . . .

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Chapter VI: Self-Reconstruction: The Final Act

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pp. 176-231

WHITE conservatives were fully aware of the pitfalls involved in the enactment of any legislation that affected the region's . . .

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Chapter VII: Political Alternatives in the Land of Fog and Confusion

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pp. 232-275

BY January of 1866, Republican notions of southern perfidy and political unreliability were firmly established, and moderates within . . .

Index

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pp. 277-285