North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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...period in U.S. history and in the history of North Carolina. More was at stake than the fate of the Union and the future of slavery, vitally impor-tant though these questions were. The fundamental character of southern society—its dominant values as well as its race relations, class relations, and gender relations—also was in flux as impersonal forces and human ...
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...can Civil War has been a perennial staple for nineteenth-century historians since Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. But in the past decade, it has evoked particular interest and controversy. The extent to which south-erners rallied to the Confederate cause and sustained their commitment to the war—especially southerners who did not own slaves—has been the ...
A More Rigorous Style of Warfare
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...general and Massachusetts abolitionist Edward Augustus Wild was a thoroughly frustrated man. By his own admission, Wild had undergone a major change in recent weeks. When he sat down on December 28 to pen the official account of his recent operation into Pasquotank, Camden, and Currituck counties, part of the Albemarle region in rural northeast-...
Visions of Freedom and CivilizationOpening before Them
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...lina, still drying from a recent tempest and getting colder by the hour. The weather had not been the only turbulent event that week. Captain William B. Fowle Jr., Beaufort’s provost marshal, sat down that morning to write a letter to his superior officer relating an event that had occurred just a few days earlier when an African American woman had encountered ...
The Order of NatureWould Be Reversed
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...faced more than the usual number of challenges. The Civil War engulfed his nation; weather, labor shortages, and the presence of armies played havoc with harvests; and food and supply shortfalls af_f_licted his people. On top of it all, a peace movement swept his state, and the gubernatorial election loomed. Contesting Vance for the governor’s office was William ...
To Do Justice to North Carolina
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...literature of the Civil War, Edmund Wilson asked, “Has there ever been another historical crisis of the magnitude of 1861–65 in which so many people were so articulate?” He went on to muse that “the drama has already been staged by characters who have written their own parts; and the pecu-liar fascination of this literature which leads one to go on and on reading it ...
Reconstruction and North CarolinaWomen’s Tangled Historywith Law and Governance
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Reconstruction. They had little choice but to appear when they were the ones charged with crimes. That had always been the case, even before the upheaval of war and emancipation. But women—even African American women—regularly initiated complaints themselves during the Reconstruc-tion era with the expectation that they would be heard and their concerns ...
No Longer under Cover(ture)
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Eighteen-year-old Martha A. Hopkins suffered a broken heart during the Civil War. Her husband of only one year, William T. Hopkins, deserted her in February 1864. She had married Hopkins against the will of her father, Robert D. Hart, who later came to suspect that Hopkins...
Different Colored Currents of the Sea
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...unanimity with which white southerners saw themselves as the protectors of African Americans in a segregated society after the postwar amend-ments to the Constitution provided the slaves with freedom and United States citizenship. Gaston’s work is probably the most recognizable of those covering the development of a “New South” philosophy in newspaper and ...
The Immortal Vance
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Zebulon Baird Vance’s stout frame. Similar scenes had played out time and again in North Carolina when the “War Governor of the South” was on the stump. On this occasion, however, their “Zeb” was a bronze statue unveiled by the dead statesman’s great-granddaughter, Dorothy Espey Pillow, who never knew the man whose likeness she uncovered in the nation’s capitol ...
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Page Count: 320
Illustrations: 3 tables
Publication Year: 2008