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Zeb Vance : North Carolina's Civil War governor and Gilded Age political leader /
Gordon B. McKinney.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2004.
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xv, 477 p.
ISBN
0807828653 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2004.
isbn
0807828653 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5304059
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A new biography of Zebulon Vance (1830-1894), the colorful governor who led North Carolina through the Civil War, served as the state's leading spokesman as a U.S. Senator from 1878 to 1894, and played a significant role in the development of the modern Democratic Party in North Carolina.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
Zebulon Vance was one of North Carolina's most interesting and influential politicians. He served as the state's Civil War and Redeemer governor and then as a senator from 1879 to 1892. When he died, grateful Tarheels honored him with monuments in Asheville and Raleigh, and Washington, DC. McKinney (Berea College) reinterprets Vance's career in light of the last 30 years of scholarship on North Carolina and the South. The portrait that emerges is far less flattering than that painted by Glenn Tucker's 1965 biography, Zeb Vance: Champion of Personal Freedom. McKinney rightly points out that while Vance was an effective governor and senator and often championed progressive causes, he was also a firm believer in white supremacy. In the 1870s, he helped fasten an undemocratic system of government on the state and willingly exploited the convict lease system to expedite the building of the Western North Carolina Railroad. But despite Vance's failings, there was an honesty and kindliness about him that made him popular with political friends and foes alike. This is an excellent biography that clearly supersedes earlier works and should be purchased by all libraries with collections on Southern history. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. Butts Gordon College (GA)
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"An excellent biography that clearly supersedes earlier works. Highly recommended." _ Choice
"An excellent biography that clearly supersedes earlier works. Highly recommended." -- Choice
"An excellent biography that clearly supersedes earlier works. Highly recommended." --Choice
"A well-written, exhaustive account of Zeb Vance's life and politics. . . . Masterfully combining biography, history, and historiography, McKinney creates a complete picture of a tumultuous time and of a man who dominated those times. This will stand as the definitive biography of Zebulon Vance." _ Journal of Southern History
"A well-written, exhaustive account of Zeb Vance's life and politics. . . . Masterfully combining biography, history, and historiography, McKinney creates a complete picture of a tumultuous time and of a man who dominated those times. This will stand as the definitive biography of Zebulon Vance." -- Journal of Southern History
"A well-written, exhaustive account of Zeb Vance's life and politics. . . . Masterfully combining biography, history, and historiography, McKinney creates a complete picture of a tumultuous time and of a man who dominated those times. This will stand as the definitive biography of Zebulon Vance." --Journal of Southern History
"Carefully crafted, this impressive biography tells us much about the shortcomings of political leadership in the wartime and postwar South. (Daniel W. Crofts, The College of New Jersey)"
"Carefully crafted, this impressive biography tells us much about the shortcomings of political leadership in the wartime and postwar South." _ Daniel W. Crofts, The College of New Jersey
"Carefully crafted, this impressive biography tells us much about the shortcomings of political leadership in the wartime and postwar South." -- Daniel W. Crofts, The College of New Jersey
"Effectively depicts the relationship between Vance and his lieutenant colonel . . . while conveying a clear sense of Vance's military skills and deficiencies. . . . McKinney's approach . . . is refreshing, and the analysis is thought-provoking." _ Civil War History
"Effectively depicts the relationship between Vance and his lieutenant colonel . . . while conveying a clear sense of Vance's military skills and deficiencies. . . . McKinney's approach . . . is refreshing, and the analysis is thought-provoking." -- Civil War History
"Effectively depicts the relationship between Vance and his lieutenant colonel . . . while conveying a clear sense of Vance's military skills and deficiencies. . . . McKinney's approach . . . is refreshing, and the analysis is thought-provoking." --Civil War History
"McKinney has etched a persuasive and surely definitive portrait of this significant nineteenth-century political figure. . . . Excellent." _ Journal of American Studies
"McKinney has etched a persuasive and surely definitive portrait of this significant nineteenth-century political figure. . . . Excellent." -- Journal of American Studies
"McKinney has etched a persuasive and surely definitive portrait of this significant nineteenth-century political figure. . . . Excellent." --Journal of American Studies
"Peels away the layers of myth to unmask a champion of the Lost Cause. . . . [A] masterful biography." _ Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Peels away the layers of myth to unmask a champion of the Lost Cause. . . . [A] masterful biography." -- Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Peels away the layers of myth to unmask a champion of the Lost Cause. . . . [A] masterful biography." --Georgia Historical Quarterly
"The best study ever of Zeb Vance. McKinney is thorough, fair, and unflinching in his analysis. (Paul D. Escott, Wake Forest University)"
"The best study ever of Zeb Vance. McKinney is thorough, fair, and unflinching in his analysis." _ Paul D. Escott, Wake Forest University
"The best study ever of Zeb Vance. McKinney is thorough, fair, and unflinching in his analysis." -- Paul D. Escott, Wake Forest University
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In this comprehensive biography of the man who led North Carolina through the Civil War and, as a U.S. senator from 1878 to 1894, served as the state's leading spokesman, Gordon McKinney presents Zebulon Baird Vance (1830-94) as a far more complex figure than has been previously recognized. Vance campaigned to keep North Carolina in the Union, but after Southern troops fired on Fort Sumter, he joined the army and rose to the rank of colonel. He was viewed as a champion of individual rights and enjoyed great popularity among voters. But McKinney demonstrates that Vance was not as progressive as earlier biographers suggest. Vance was a tireless advocate for white North Carolinians in the Reconstruction Period, and his policies and positions often favored the rich and powerful. McKinney provides significant new information about Vance's third governorship, his senatorial career, and his role in the origins of the modern Democratic Party in North Carolina. This new biography offers the fullest, most complete understanding yet of a legendary North Carolina leader.

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