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LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group (Virtual)

2021-03-24 11:00:00 2021-03-24 12:00:00 America/Chicago LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group (Virtual) How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson Virtual Program

Wednesday, March 24
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2021-03-24 11:00:00 2021-03-24 12:00:00 America/Chicago LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group (Virtual) How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson Virtual Program

How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson

We will be discussing How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America by Heather Cox Richardson.

While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and there established a foothold. It was a natural fit. Settlers from the East had for decades been pushing into the West, where the seizure of Mexican lands at the end of the Mexican-American War and treatment of Native Americans cemented racial hierarchies. The South and West equally depended on extractive industries-cotton in the former and mining, cattle, and oil in the latter-giving rise a new birth of white male oligarchy, despite the guarantees provided by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the economic opportunities afforded by expansion.

To reveal why this happened, How the South Won the Civil War traces the story of the American paradox, the competing claims of equality and subordination woven into the nation's fabric and identity. Richardson's searing book seizes upon the soul of the country and its ongoing struggle to provide equal opportunity to all. Debunking the myth that the Civil War released the nation from the grip of oligarchy, expunging the sins of the Founding, it reveals how and why the Old South not only survived in the West, but thrived. (From the publisher.)

Find a copy of the book here. You can also find the ebook on Digital Library of Illinois or through the Libby app on your device. 

Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter.

Please email community@wilmettelibrary.info with any questions about how to access the program via Zoom.

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