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Slavery, Capitalism, and Politics in the Antebellum Republic/An Old Creed for the New South: Pro-Slavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865-1918

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Prof. Ashworth wants to set straight three misconstrued notions of the Civil War, which he calls "the largest, most dramatic event in the history of the United States": (1) that the War was "an irrepressible conflict," (2) that there were "intractable issues at the heart of the conflict but found them the competition of economic interests rather than the class of moral values," (3) that Southerners actually believed that slaves actually enjoyed their servitude and would maintain it if given the chance for its alteration.

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