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Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date August 1, 2009
Pages 291
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807861844
ISBN-10 0807861847
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 9 in.
Original list price $31.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In the first comprehensive study of the experience of Virginia soldiers and their families in the Civil War, Aaron Sheehan-Dean captures the inner world of the rank-and-file. Utilizing new statistical evidence and first-person narratives, Sheehan-Dean explores how Virginia soldiers--even those who were nonslaveholders--adapted their vision of the war's purpose to remain committed Confederates.

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.





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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (November 26, 2007)
9780807831588 | details & prices | 291 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $34.95
About: In the first comprehensive study of the experience of Virginia soldiers and their families in the Civil War, Aaron Sheehan-Dean captures the inner world of the rank-and-file.
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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (August 1, 2009)
9780807861844 | details & prices | 291 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $31.95
About: In the first comprehensive study of the experience of Virginia soldiers and their families in the Civil War, Aaron Sheehan-Dean captures the inner world of the rank-and-file.

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