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In Thomas Dixon's novel that became the film The Birth of a Nation, the scalawag - a white southerner who supported Congressional Reconstruction and the Republican Party - is summarized as a Judas Iscariot who sold his people for thirty pieces of silver, which he got for licking the feet of his conqueror and fawning on his Negro allies. Departures from this stereotypical vIn Thomas Dixon's novel that became the film The Birth of a Nation, the scalawag - a white southerner who supported Congressional Reconstruction and the Republican Party - is summarized as a Judas Iscariot who sold his people for thirty pieces of silver, which he got for licking the feet of his conqueror and fawning on his Negro allies. Departures from this stereotypical view have appeared slowly since the 1940s as important revisionist historians dispelled the negative connotations surrounding scalawags - but only on a state-by-state basis. James Alex Baggett's The Scalawags ambitiously uncovers the genesis of scalawag leaders in the entire former Confederacy. Taking the period of the 1850s to 1870s, Baggett uses a collective-biography approach to compile profiles of 742 scalawag-Republicans. Significantly, he analyzes this rich data by region - the Upper South, the Southeast, and the Southwest - as well as for the South as a whole. Baggett follows the life of each scalawag before, during, and after the war, revealing real personalities and not mere statistics. Examining such features as birthplace, vocation, estate, slaveholding status, stand on secession, Republican Party invo...

Title : The Scalawags: Southern Dissenters in the Civil War and Reconstruction
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ISBN : 9780807127988
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 323 Pages
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