Title: “The South Since 1865”
Author: John Samuel Ezell
Publisher: The Macmillian Company, New York
Reading Time: 2 weeks
Reading Rating: 6 (1=very easy; 10=very difficult)
Overall Rating: 7 (1=poor; 10=Outstanding)
The South Since 1865 delivers an entertaining account and perspective on the drastic changes in the South. This book is an excellent resource to students, educators and history enthusiasts. In reviewing the book, the principal criteria included content, organization, and reference sources. While editing errors and organizational incongruities plague some of the latter chapters, these are only minor distractions to the story being told.
Starting with what the south was in 1865. The south is described as consisting of the states below the Mason-Dixie line, the fifteen governments in which slavery was legal in 1860, or the eleven member of the confederacy. Ezell explain why slavery helped the south economically and why they were so unwilling to abolish it, eventually starting the civil war. “Of all the books about the South there is no end. Nor will there be so long as the south remains the region with the most distinctive character and tradition” (5-6) Meaning it is not geography that makes up the south it is a state of mind.
John Samuel Ezell. March 9, 1917 - Jan. 8, 2001. John Samuel Ezell was born in Louisville, Kentucky March 9, 1917. He was educated at Wake Forest College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. in history in 1947. He served in the United States Naval Reserve forces during World War II, seeing combat as a Deck Officer on various ships in the Atlantic and Pacific, including serving as Captain of the minesweeper YMS 8. He was also a Beach master for the planned invasion of Japan. At the end of the war, he was made Historical Officer for the Third Fleet, for which he wrote the logistical history. He was made a David Ross Boyd Professor...
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