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Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848–1865

Paul Quigley


Between 1848 and 1865 white southerners felt the grounds of nationhood shift beneath their feet. The regional conflict over slavery that culminated in the American Civil War forced them to confront difficult problems of nationalism, allegiance, and identity. In doing so, white southerners drew on their long experience as American nationalists and their knowledge of nationalism in the wider world. Shifting Grounds tells the story not just of the radical secessionists who shattered the Union in 1861, but also of the moderate majority who struggled before and after secession to balance their sout ... More

Keywords: American Civil War, nationalism, citizenship, secession, slavery, transatlantic, unionists, Confederate States of America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735488
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Quigley, author
University of Edinburgh

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