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The Road to Secession: A New Perspective on the Old South
The Road to Secession A New Perspective on the Old South Author:William L. Barney This book is part of the Praeger university series: New Perspectives in American History. The books in this series are designed to provide a readable "new look" at significant periods or themes in American History. Documentation and other scholarly apparatus are kept to a minimum; the emphasis is on fresh interpretation, lively presentation, and... more » contemporary parallels where pertinent.
The process of historical interpretation in some measure is a reflection of the changing needs and interests of new generations. More fundamentally, new interpretations of history reflect the profound forces that operate to bring about social change. The historian is not immune to the influence of the currents that shape the experience and attitudes of his time. As his awareness of the complexity of the human condition and of its social expression deepens, he struggles to incorporate these added dimensions within his discipline.
In The Road to Secession, William L. Barney offers an explanation of the coming Civil War based on a subtle analysis of the issues of race and class at the center of the raging debates of the 1850's.« less