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    Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War (Hardback) By (author) Drew Gilpin Faust

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    Description"We all live within the stories we tell, " writes Drew Faust, "for these tales fashion a coherent direction and identity out of the discontinuities of our past, present, and future." Forging an identity was an extraordinary task for white southerners of the late antebellum and Civil War era. Seeking to explain and justify their individual lives and their slave society, they told stories about themselves and their world - in diaries and letters, sermons and songs, novels and paintings - which reveal the foundations of power, meaning, and personal identity in the Old South. In a series of eloquent essays, Faust investigates the experiences of wealthy planters, common soldiers, intellectuals, and Confederate women. She breaks especially fresh ground in her attention to southern thought and belief, to southern society and culture during the Civil War, and to the role of gender relations within the Confederate South. Sometimes southern stories were collective, as in the case of the antebellum proslavery argument or Confederate discourses about women. Sometimes they were personal, as in the private writings of figures such as Lizzie Neblett, Mary Chesnut, Thornton Stringfellow, or James Henry Hammond. These men and women regularly employed their pens to create coherence and order amid the tangled circumstances of their particular lives and within a context of social prescriptions and expectations. Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War represents some of the most interesting work in southern history of the past two decades. Faust's approach reveals a society so involved in defining itself and its legitimacy that it became embroiled in a war of words and ideas long before the onset ofarmed conflict. By exploring the cultural, moral, and personal dilemmas that confronted white southerners, Faust has made an important contribution to our understanding of southern culture, both before and after the Civil War.


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    Title
    Southern Stories
    Subtitle
    Slaveholders in Peace and War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Drew Gilpin Faust
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 631 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780826208651
    ISBN 10: 0826208657
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036050, HIS036010
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC20: 975.03
    LC classification: F213.F25 1
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, JBSF, JBCC, NHK
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, index
    Publisher
    University of Missouri Press
    Imprint name
    University of Missouri Press
    Publication date
    30 November 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Missouri