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Questions and Answers about Unionism in the South
Posted by: Don Umphrey (ID *****4346) Date: April 02, 2003 at 14:58:31
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Margaret Story, who teaches at DePaul University, wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on Unionism in Alabama during the Civil War. She has developed this material into a book that will be forthcoming from LSU Press during 2004.

I teach at Southern Methodist University and am the author of the book "Southerners in Blue: They Defied the Confederacy." It focuses on people in northwest Alabama during the Civil War and the First Alabama Cavalry, USA.

Margaret and I are going to ask each other some questions about Unionism in the south, etc. Please feel free to jump in with questions or comments, plaudits or pies in the face.

First, Margaret, what is the tile of your forthcoming book?

Second, most research in this area leads one to conclude that those who backed the Union did so on the basis of class differences. For example, the movement was strong in the northwest part of the state where few owned slaves and most were subsistence farmers. I got the impression that these people felt that the plantation owners looked down on them. But your research has led you toward some different ideas. What part do you think class differences accounted for Unionism? What else was a factor?


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