Study of the Southern Populace

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Population, society, American Civil War, the South, ideology


Place and Environment | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social History | United States History


It can be argued that the Civil War affected more lives than any other single event in American history. The hardships and consequences of this war lasted far beyond the four years of actual Union and Confederate battle. It even outlived the turbulent reconstruction years and reorganization process of the South. the legacy of the Civil War has been passed down from generation to generation, and the effects of this historical event have endured to the present.

Nowhere else does this legacy thrive as it does in the hearts and minds of southern people. By the end of the Civil War, all classes were leveled and internal differences were resolved. Southerners felt that they had invested equally in the war, and the white population collectively embraced the ideology that had determined their fate. While the Civil War has become somewhat of a historical footnote in the minds of the general public, it still remains deeply and clearly embedded in southern consciousness. As Samuel Clemons once commented on southern culture, the Civil War was to southerners "what A.D. is elsewhere; they date from it." This statement is almost as relevant today as it was in 1882.

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