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Crucible of the Civil War
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Crucible of the Civil War offers an illuminating portrait of the state’s wartime economic, political, and social institutions. Weighing in on contentious issues within established scholarship while also breaking ground in areas long neglected by scholars, the contributors examine such concerns as the war’s effect on slavery in the state, the wartime intersection of race and religion, and the development of Confederate social networks. They also shed light on topics long disputed by historians, such as Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union, the development of Confederate nationalism, and how Virginians chose to remember the war after its close.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Unions of Slavery: Slavery, Politics, and Secession in the Valley of Virginia
  2. pp. 9-34
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  1. “I Owe Virginia Little, My Country Much”: Robert E. Lee, the United States Regular Army, and Unconditional Unionism
  2. pp. 35-57
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  1. “It Is Old Virginia and We Must Have It”: Overcoming Regionalism in Civil War Virginia
  2. pp. 58-79
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  1. Defining Confederate Respectability: Morality, Patriotism, and Confederate Identity in Richmond’s Civil War Public Press
  2. pp. 80-105
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  1. The Slave Market in Civil War Virginia
  2. pp. 106-135
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  1. Race, Religion, and Rebellion: Black and White Baptists in Albemarle County, Virginia, during the Civil War
  2. pp. 136-164
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  1. “The Right to Love and to Mourn”: The Origins of Virginia’s Ladies’ Memorial Associations, 1865–1867
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. Reconciliation in Reconstruction Virginia
  2. pp. 189-208
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-226
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