The self-inflicted wound : Southern politics in the nineteenth century /
Robert F. Durden.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 1985.
x, 150 p. --
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Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 1985.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 133-141.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-04:
In this study, Durden identifies the concern of white southerners to maintain racial control as the linchpin of the region's 19th-century political culture. Southern whites, he explains, began the century as optimists, nationalistic in vision, and firmly committed to the two-party system. By the fin de siecle, however, southern politics had become ``sullenly sectional, chronically defensive'' and solidly under the hegemony of the Democratic party. Durden focuses deftly on this metamorphosis. It began, he explains, in the 1820s when southern politicians commenced their fervid defense of black slavery. Fearful of slave revolt and northern antislavery agitation, white southerners increasingly came to view slavery not as a necessary evil, but rather as a positive good. During the Civil War they held fast to slavery even as the Confederacy crumbled around them. After the war, white southerners found threats to their racial hegemony intolerable. As a result they devised new strategies-terrorism, intimidation, economic pressure-to keep blacks subordinate socially, economically, and politically. Durden carefully notes intraregional differences among southern leaders on the Bank of the United States, the tariff, internal improvements, and on such local issues as qualifications for voting, officeholding, legislative apportionment, and taxation. In the end southern whites succumbed to ``a self-inflicted wound...the gradual the pride, fears, and hates of racism.'' A must for college and university libraries.-J.D. Smith, North Carolina State University
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Table of Contents
Editor's Prefacep. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Jeffersonian Ascendancyp. 1
The South and The Second Party System 1828-1846p. 26
From Sectional Crisis To the Eve of Disunion 1846-1860p. 52
Secession and War 1860-1865p. 85
Reconstruction and Redemption 1865-1890p. 107
Bibliographical Notep. 133
Indexp. 142
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