This volume, first published in 1971, has made us look again at the events surrounding the Civil War. The Confederate Southerners likened themselves to the American revolutionaries of 1776. Although both revolutions sought independence and the overthrow of an existing political system, the Confederates battled for a political separation to conserve rather than to create. The result, however, was a transformation of the antebellum traditions they were fighting to preserve.
Emory M. Thomas reveived his Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 1966. He taught at Wright State University and is currently professor of history at the University of Georgia. He has authored numerous articles and several books, including Travels to Hallowed Ground: The American War and Peace, 1860–1877 and The Confederate Nation, 1861–1865.