by Heather Cox Richardson

While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a “new birth of freedom,” Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy’s blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and there established a foothold. It was a natural fit. Settlers from the East had for decades been pushing into the West, where the seizure of Mexican lands at the end of the Mexican-American War and treatment of Native Americans cemented racial hierarchies. The South and West equally depended on extractive industries-cotton in the former and mining, cattle, and oil in the latter-giving rise a new birth of white male oligarchy, despite the guarantees provided by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the economic opportunities afforded by expansion.

Interview with the Author

The Road to Now
#177 How the South Won the Civil War w/ Heather Cox Richardson
7/27/20       109 min

Moyers on Democracy
Bill talks with Heather Cox Richardson about HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR
7/30/20       35 min

Civil War Talk Radio
1629 – Heather Cox Richardson – How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America
4/15/20       60 min


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