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Northern CharacterCollege-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era$
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.001.0001

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Marching into “Rebeldom”

Marching into “Rebeldom”

The Failure of Southern Character

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(p.112) 5 Marching into “Rebeldom”
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Northern Character
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.003.0006

This chapter follows New Brahmins into the Confederacy and examines how these New England-centric young men compared southerners and southern society to their ideal of American nationalism articulated in their college writings. New Brahmins criticized southern leaders for their failure to provide for poor southern whites and to develop their region’s natural resources. Additionally, New Brahmins wrote about encountering African Americans and expressed their concerns that freed people would not be able to survive in a free labor world after the war had ended.

Keywords:   African Americans, Confederacy, slavery

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