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Rich Man's War: Class, Caste, and Confederate Defeat in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley

David Williams

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ISBN 10: 0820320331 / ISBN 13: 9780820320335
Published by University of Georgia Press, 1999
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Rich Man's War: Class, Caste, and ...

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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In Rich Man's War historian David Williams focuses on the Civil War experience of people in the Chattahoochee River Valley of Georgia and Alabama to illustrate how the exploitation of enslaved blacks and poor whites by a planter oligarchy generated overwhelming class conflict across the South, eventually leading to Confederate defeat.

This conflict was so clearly highlighted by the perception that the Civil War was "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight" that growing numbers of oppressed whites and blacks openly rebelled against Confederate authority, undermining the fight for independence. After the war, however, the upper classes encouraged enmity between freedpeople and poor whites to prevent a class revolution. Trapped by racism and poverty, the poor remained in virtual economic slavery, still dominated by an almost unchanged planter elite.

The publication of this book was supported by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.

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David Williams is a professor of history at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

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