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The Loyal West
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A free region deeply influenced by southern mores, the Lower Middle West represented a true cultural and political median in Civil War-era America. Here grew a Unionism steeped in the mythology of the Loyal West--a myth rooted in regional and racial animosities and the belief that westerners had won the war. Matthew E. Stanley's intimate study explores the Civil War, Reconstruction, and sectional reunion in this bellwether region. Using the lives of area soldiers and officers as a lens, Stanley reveals a place and a strain of collective memory that was anti-rebel, anti-eastern, and anti-black in its attitudes--one that came to be at the forefront of the northern retreat from Reconstruction and toward white reunion. The Lower Middle West's embrace of black exclusion laws, origination of the Copperhead movement, backlash against liberalizing war measures, and rejection of Reconstruction were all pivotal to broader American politics. And the region's legacies of white supremacy--from racialized labor violence to sundown towns to lynching--found malignant expression nationwide, intersecting with how Loyal Westerners remembered the war.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction: “The Geography Embodied”: Loyal Westerners in War and Peace
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. “The Progeny of Jamestown”: Racial Construction and Western Identity on the Dixie Frontier
  2. pp. 12-36
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  1. 2. “The Boundary between Contending Nations”: Border War and Restraints on Western Unity
  2. pp. 37-56
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  1. 3. “The War Fattens on the Blood of Western Men”: The Limits of Practical Abolitionism on Slavery’s Western Border
  2. pp. 57-77
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  1. 4. “The Great Brotherhood of the West”: The Demise of the Antebellum West and the Construction of the Loyal West
  2. pp. 78-97
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  1. 5. “Was It for This You Fought?”: Retreat from Reconstruction the New White Supremacy in the Loyal West
  2. pp. 98-129
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  1. 6. “Never Checked—Always Victorious”: The Heyday of the Loyal West
  2. pp. 130-152
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  1. 7. “Solely to Suppress the Rebellion”: Commemorating Conservative Unionism in the Loyal West
  2. pp. 153-174
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  1. Epilogue. “No More Shall the Winding Rivers Be Red”: Reconciliation and the Passing of the Loyal West
  2. pp. 175-182
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-270
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