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Why Confederates Fought
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Sheehan-Dean challenges earlier arguments that middle- and lower-class southerners gradually withdrew their support for the Confederacy because their class interests were not being met. Instead he argues that Virginia soldiers continued to be motivated by the profound emotional connection between military service and the protection of home and family, even as the war dragged on. The experience of fighting, explains Sheehan-Dean, redefined southern manhood and family relations, established the basis for postwar race and class relations, and transformed the shape of Virginia itself. He concludes that Virginians' experience of the Civil War offers important lessons about the reasons we fight wars and the ways that those reasons can change over time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Choosing War
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. PART I. CONFLICT & COLLABORATION
  2. p. 11
  1. 1 Building the Plain People’s Confederacy: January–June 1861
  2. pp. 13-38
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  1. 2 A Nation of Their Own: July 1861–March 1862
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. PART II. THE CRUCIBLE OF WAR
  2. p. 63
  1. 3 The Ardor of Patriotism: April–July 1862
  2. pp. 65-86
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  1. 4 War in Earnest: August–December 1862
  2. pp. 87-110
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  1. 5 The Family War: January–December 1863
  2. pp. 111-138
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  1. PART III. WAR WITHOUT END
  2. p. 139
  1. 6 The Cost of Independence: January–June 1864
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. 7 The Fall of the Confederacy: July 1864–March 1865
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. Epilogue: Swallowing the Elephant: Toward the New South
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Appendix: Methodology
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-254
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-291
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