Introduction: An Unfinished War
This introductory chapter briefly considers the question of why, given the collapse of the Confederate government and the defeat of its armies—as well as the opinions of the participants themselves—would anyone not separate the Civil War and Reconstruction at Appomattox (to have a single event serve for several)? The historians in this book look closely at everyday life in the South and, instead of discontinuity, discover a remarkable continuity from secession through the 1870s, especially in terms of violence, politics, benevolence, and social identity. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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