RickUWS

This important book is an amazing account for any student of southern or Civil War history, by a professor at the University of Virginia. I grew up steeped in "ole Virginny" lore and history and hold bachelor's and doctor's degrees from U.Va., and 90% of what Prof. Taylor recounts is new and revelatory to me. Never mind that it is wordy and over-documented and deserved better editing, it is essential reading for someone seeking to understand the South's in general and Virginia's in particular mindset leaving the War of 1812 and leading to the pre-war period. I came away at least understanding where they were coming from in their adamant defense of slavery.

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