Chapter

“WHAT DID WE GO TO WAR FOR?”

Bruce Levine

in Confederate Emancipation

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147629
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147629.003.0003
“WHAT DID WE GO TO WAR FOR?”

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This chapter examines the firestorm of opposition that greeted Davis's November 1864 proposal. In exploring that opposition, it clarifies the ways in which key sectors of the white South identified their central values and goals, and especially how they viewed the relationship between slavery and secession. It is shown that during the four years of sectional war, Southern bondspeople took a series of bold initiatives that confounded their masters, deeply influenced Union policies and military fortunes, and helped dictate the terms of the Confederacy's agonizing struggle over whether to arm and emancipate them.

Keywords: Davis; South; slavery; secession; war; Confederacy

Chapter.  9698 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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