Books NF Why the South Lost the Civil War


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Why the South Lost the Civil War
by Archer Jones, Herman Hattaway,
Richard E. Beringer, & William N. Still Jr.

In this widely heralded book first published in 1986, four historians consider the popularly held explanations for southern defeat―state-rights disputes, inadequate military supply and strategy, and the Union blockade―undergirding their discussion with a chronological account of the war's progress.

In the end, the authors find that the South lacked the will to win, that weak Confederate nationalism and the strength of a peculiar brand of evangelical Protestantism sapped the South's ability to continue a war that was not yet lost on the field.

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