South Carolina Goes to War, 1860-1865
This edition features a new introduction by J. Tracy Power summarizing the political climate that characterized South Carolina's departure from the Union and entrance into war, and examining the significance of Cauthen's book within the context of its initial creation and reception.
About the Authors
J. Tracy Power is a historian at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. A former president of the South Carolina Historical Association, he is the author of Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox.
"The author clearly analyzes the propaganda in newspapers, pamphlets, political speeches, and pulpits and recognizes the mob appeal of 'Vigilance Committees,' 'Committees of Safety,' and 'Minute Men'. . . [Cauthen shows] secession was not the accomplishment of scheming politicos but the result of popular demand."—Mississippi Valley Historical Review
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