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South to Posterity : An Introduction to the Writing of Confederate History
by Douglas Southall Freeman and Gary W. Gallagher




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After the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, many Confederate historians were asked, "What shall I read next?" To answer the requests for further writings on the Civil War era, distinguished historian Douglas Southall Freeman assembled this bibliography of the best narratives, memoirs, and other works--those that tell their stories simply, with wit and realism--that provide a good introduction to literature on the Lost Cause.

In contrast to most bibliographies, The South to Posterity reads easily and often movingly. In eight masterful chapters, Freeman reviews soldiers' battlefield accounts; vindications penned just after the war; biographies of and tributes to General Robert E. Lee; women's commentaries; thoughts from foreign observers and participants; and diaries, letters, and speeches. Finally, he discusses topics yet to be addressed. A new introduction by Civil War historian Gary W. Gallagher provides an excellent background to Freeman's life and work and considers what has been accomplished in the field since the book first appeared.

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Overview

After the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, many Confederate historians were asked, "What shall I read next?" To answer the requests for further writings on the Civil War era, distinguished historian Douglas Southall Freeman assembled this bibliography of the best narratives, memoirs, and other works--those that tell their stories simply, with wit and realism--that provide a good introduction to literature on the Lost Cause.

In contrast to most bibliographies, The South to Posterity reads easily and often movingly. In eight masterful chapters, Freeman reviews soldiers' battlefield accounts; vindications penned just after the war; biographies of and tributes to General Robert E. Lee; women's commentaries; thoughts from foreign observers and participants; and diaries, letters, and speeches. Finally, he discusses topics yet to be addressed. A new introduction by Civil War historian Gary W. Gallagher provides an excellent background to Freeman's life and work and considers what has been accomplished in the field since the book first appeared.


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807123164
  • ISBN-10: 0807123161
  • Publisher: LSU Press
  • Publish Date: October 1998
  • Page Count: 236
  • Dimensions: 7.94 x 5.52 x 0.62 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.68 pounds

Series: Southern Literary Studies

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