Monday, May 10, 2021


How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America by Heather Cox Richardson was published in April 2020. Wait a minute! I learned that the North won that war.  But read on. 

Although the North won military victories in many of the battles, the book reveals how the South succeeded in maintaining the status quo of the slaves until the Declaration of their freedom by Abraham Lincoln. The South continued to maintain the suppression of the Negroes and spread the concept of their second-class citizenship westward. Despite the equal rights amendment, white supremacy, voter suppression and inequities in access to health care and education continue.

Heather Cox Richardson is a Professor of History at Boston College and the author of five other books on the Civil War.  She is also the author of Letters from an American, a daily publication on-line providing commentary of current political events in the context of history.  After following Heather for more than a year, I was intrigued to read her latest book.

Heather has combined the knowledge of a professional historian with the skill of an author to describe a unique prospective of the Civil War and its consequences on life in America today. This brilliant exposition of the Civil War is a must-read for those interested in understanding the effects of this great conflict on politics today.



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