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9781628460971 | Univ Pr of Mississippi, September 25, 2014, cover price $60.00

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9781496809575 | Reprint edition (Univ Pr of Mississippi, October 1, 2016), cover price $25.00

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A maverick, unionist district in the heart of the Old South? A notorious county that seceded from the Confederacy? This is how Jones County, Mississippi, is known in myth and legend.Since 1864 the legend has persisted. Differing versions give the name of this new nation as Republic of Jones, Jones County Confederacy, and Free State of Jones. Over the years this story has captured the imaginations of journalists, historians, essayists, novelists, short story writers, and Hollywood filmmakers, although serious scholars long ago questioned the accuracy of local history accounts about a secessionist county led by Newt Knight and a band of renegades.Legend of the Free State of Jones was the first authoritative explanation of just what did happen in Jones County in 1864 to give rise to the legend and now to a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey. This book surveys the facts, the records, and the history of the “Free State of Jones” and may provide the whole story.

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9781604735710 | Reprint edition (Univ Pr of Mississippi, October 1, 2009), cover price $25.00
9780878052271 | Univ Pr of Mississippi, October 1, 1984, cover price $8.95 | About this edition: A maverick, unionist district in the heart of the Old South?

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Product Description: This is an outline of the economic crisis in the South based on the declining yields, increasing class stratification and higher slave prices. It supplies data on the property holdings and occupations of the elected representatives and finds the secessionists to be young, probably lawyers who were both ambitious and confident...read more

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9780691046228 | Princeton Univ Pr, May 1, 1974, cover price $60.00 | About this edition: The Description for this book, The Secessionist Impulse: Alabama and Mississippi in 1860, will be forthcoming.

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9780817350895 | Univ of Alabama Pr, January 1, 2004, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: This is an outline of the economic crisis in the South based on the declining yields, increasing class stratification and higher slave prices.

This groundbreaking study of the politics of secession combines traditional political history with current work in anthropology and gender and ritual studies. Christopher J. Olsen has drawn on local election returns, rural newspapers, manuscripts, and numerous county records to sketch a new picture of the intricate and colorful world of local politics. In particular, he demonstrates how the move toward secession in Mississippi was deeply influenced by the demands of masculinity within the state's antiparty political culture. Face-to-face relationships and personal reputations, organized around neighborhood networks of friends and extended kin, were at the heart of antebellum Mississippi politics. The intimate, public nature of this tradition allowed voters to assess each candidate's individual status and fitness for public leadership. Key virtues were independence and physical courage, as well as reliability and loyalty to the community, and the political culture offered numerous chances to demonstrate all of these (sometimes contradictory) qualities. Like dueling and other male rituals, voting and running for office helped set the boundaries of class and power. They also helped mediate the conflicts between nineteenth-century American egalitarianism, democracy, and geographic mobility, and the South's exaggerated patriarchal hierarchy, sustained by honor and slavery. The political system, however, functioned effectively only as long as it remained a personal exercise between individuals, divorced from the anonymity of institutional parties. This antiparty tradition eliminated the distinction between men as individuals and as public representatives, which caused them to assess and interpret all political events and rhetoric in a personal manner. The election of 1860 and success of the Republicans' antisouthern, free soil program, therefore, presented an "insulting" challenge to personal, family, and community honor. As Olsen shows in detail, the sectional controversy engaged men where they measured themselves, in public, with and against their peers, and linked their understanding of masculinity with formal politics, through which the voters actually brought about secession. Political Culture and Secession in Mississippi provides a rich new perspective on the events leading up to the Civil War and will prove an invaluable tool for understanding the central crisis in American politics. (view table of contents)

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9780195131475 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, October 19, 2000, cover price $105.00 | About this edition: This groundbreaking study of the politics of secession combines traditional political history with current work in anthropology and gender and ritual studies.

Paperback:

9780195160970 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, November 28, 2002, cover price $67.00

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