The J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois and associate editor of North and South magazine, Bruce Levine presents a gripping chronicle of the cultural and economic upheaval the South experienced during and after the Civil War. Drawing upon a treasure trove of diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and government documents, Levine offers a unique perspective on the old South's demise through the voices of those who lived through the conflict.
"In this splendidly colorful account, the author compares the old South’s disintegration to ‘The Fall of the House of Usher,’ where microscopic cracks in the mansion’s foundation gradually widen until the building implodes.... A sensitive, informed rendering of the wrenching reformation of the South [told] with the ease and authority borne of decades of study." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Enlightening..... a deep, rich, and complex analysis." (Publishers Weekly)
"Masterful.... Levine’s employment of testimonies by slaveholders, slaves, and pro-Union Southerners is effective and often poignant." (Booklist)
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