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Lincolnites and RebelsA Divided Town in the American Civil War$
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Robert Tracy McKenzie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.001.0001

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Lincolnites and Rebels

Robert Tracy McKenzie

Oxford University Press

This short afterword features a vignette concerning a joint Union and Confederate veterans' reunion held in Knoxville in the fall of 1890, using the episode as a springboard for reviewing the book's major findings and themes. These include the surprising similarity of outlook among future Unionists and future Confederates on the eve of the war; the great capacity of the conflict to polarize the two factions thereafter, as neighbors became enemies; and above all, the stubborn persistence of a pervasive commitment to white supremacy among both Unionists and Confederates. The afterword underscores the fragility of the wartime Unionist coalition by briefly tracing its rapid collapse in the late 1860s after the imposition of black enfranchisement by the state legislature.

Keywords:   black enfranchisement, Confederates, veterans' reunion, Unionist coalition, Unionists

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