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The Land They Fought For: The Story of the South as the Confederacy, 1832-1865
The Land They Fought For The Story of the South as the Confederacy 1832-1865 Author:Clifford Dowdey It all began thirty years before the first shot of the Civil war was fired. The irrevocable act at Fort Sumter in 1861 was the culmination of three decades of cold war, long even by today's standards. Clifford Dowdey tells the story of those years from the Southern point of view. — Here, in this stirring and thoughtful work, he surveys the gath... more »ering storm--the economic disparity between North and South, the defiance by South Carolina of the Federal Tariff Act of 1832, the stark horror of Nat Turner's Rebellion and its subsequent harvest of fear, the conflict between ways of life within the South, and finally, the War itself.
Hate and distrust, blended with personal ambition, colored the atmosphere of government. In the South, pride and honor were at stake; Southerners, it seemed, had always been on the defensive. People under forty had no memory of life without pressure coming at them from the North, and they had had enough of it. In THE LAND THEY FOUGHT FOR, we see Davis, Calhoun, Toombs, Stephens, Jackson, and Lee, all waiting to take their parts in the tragedy that was to be played out on their beloved land.
This, then, is history, accurate and moving, seen through the eyes of the men who lived through it.« less