In Rich Man's War historian David Williams focuses on the Civil War experience of people in the Chattahoochee River Valley of Georgia and Alabama to illustrate how the exploitation of enslaved blacks and poor whites by a planter oligarchy generated overwhelming class conflict across the South, eventually leading to Confederate defeat. This conflict was so clearly highlighted by the perception that the Civil War was qa rich man's war and a poor man's fightq that growing numbers of oppressed whites and blacks openly rebelled against Confederate authority, undermining the fight for independence. After the war, however, the upper classes encouraged enmity between freedpeople and poor whites to prevent a class revolution. Trapped by racism and poverty, the poor remained in virtual economic slavery, still dominated by an almost unchanged planter elite. The publication of this book was supported by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.One particularly insightful essay is Armstead Louis Robinson, aquot;In the Shadow of Old John Brown. ... Freehling argues effectively for more synthesis historiography incorporating recent class-oriented work in ... Escott, aquot;Southern Yeomen and the Confederacy, aquot; 157; A. P. Aldrich to James H. Hammond, November 25, i860, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Rich Man's War|
|Publisher||:||University of Georgia Press - 2011-03-15|