The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South

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Click for availability and more information The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South, by Bruce Levine
The American Civil War remains a subject about which volumes of books continue to be published. As the historian Bruce Levine argues in his latest book, The Fall of the House of Dixie, "nearly every major study of the Civil War...continues to take the military story as its organizing principle and narrative spine." Departing from this pattern, Levine has written a fascinating study about the society of the Confederacy and the revolutionary shift it experienced due to the war. In 1861, the American South was dominated by an extremely wealthy and powerful white population that was determined to maintain its position, even by breaking away from the United States of America. Slavery was the Southern institution that fueled the economy for the landowners. While the war was embraced by the vast majority of whites at its beginning, cracks in this support increased as the war continued in its bloody destruction. Levine draws upon a wide range of diaries, speeches and articles written during the war by a wide-range of members of Confederate society to vividly show how the Confederates began to become disillusioned with the waging of war against the Union forces. Eventually, "the House of Dixie" did fall and its demise, as recounted by Levine, is a fascinating historical study. The Fall of the House of Dixie is very readable, interesting, well written and highly recommended.

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