Kin Hubbard said "'Tain't what a man don't know that hurts him; it's what he does know that just ain't so." Much of what we Americans "know" about the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Civil War "just ain't so." The Kennedy brothers make a strong case that the real reasons for, and results of, the War Between the States have been buried under the myth of Father Abraham and his blue-clad saints marching south to save the Union and free the slaves. Sure, the tone is polemical. But the "enlightened" elements of American opinion have been engaging in a polemic against the South and its people for more than 150 years. It's a cop-out to criticise the tone, or call the authors names, and ignore the historical record. There's a lot in here to make the Unreconstructed Southron give a rebel yell. But more than that, this book is a powerful reminder that facts are still facts, regardless of how many decades of whitewash are slathered on top of them.
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An authoritative and documented study of the mythology behind Civil War history, clearly exhibiting how the South was an independent country invaded, captured, and still occupied by a vicious aggressor.