By Bruce Catton
The Epic fight of the Blue and grey by way of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Bruce Catton. here's the real glance of the battle with 836 photos together with many in colour that experience by no means been revealed earlier than. The illustrations diversity from the wonderful images of Mathew Brady and the recognized sketches of Winslow Homer to dozens of formerly unknown work, drawings, and eye-witness conflict scenes. No prior unmarried quantity at the warfare has even approached the value and the colour of this assortment.
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But what made the South so different? It was the presence of large numbers of blacks, and the determination of whites to control and exploit them, that made the South the South. From the twin facts of black presence and white racism flowed many consequences. Slavery evolved as an efficient method of control and exploitation and allowed plantation agriculture to expand. The success of the plantation system gave rise to a powerful planter class that in many ways imposed its will on all of Southern society.
Because Southern culture strongly discouraged female autonomy and made it hard for women to secure economic independence, nearly all women had to cleave to a man. Wholly dependent on his patronage, they were correspondingly obedient to his authority; moreover, they were loyal. Slaves too were wholly dependent on the patronage of a superior and were correspondingly obedient, but they were not loyal. 16 To say that Southern women were dependent, obedient, and loyal is not to say that they were ciphers, their personalities but mirrors of their patron's wishes and their identities completely subsumed in his.
Masters generally saw themselves as benign paternalists and believed (wrongly, for the most part) that their bondsmen and bondswomen were grateful, satisfied, and loyal. But when they looked beyond their own farms or plantations, slaveholders could not be so sanguine. 23 Vivid portents of Yankee domination and domestic unrest, a firm conviction that the cultures of North and South had taken separate paths, and a vague unease about the distant future brought forth a radical majority in the Lower South that took seven states out of the Union in the weeks after Lincoln's election.