Analysis Of Confederate Reckoning By Stephanie Mccurry

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The Civil War took place from 1861-1865 and it was fought between the Union and the Southern Confederate States. The Confederate Army fought for their right to own slaves while the Union fought to abolish all slavery. In the book Confederate Reckoning by Stephanie McCurry, she explains things that take place during the war but are not apart of the battle. McCurry thoroughly explains African slaves and white women during the civil war and their political state of mind and political consequences of their actions and behavior. The Confederate government had to deal with both slaves and white women because of their own choice to fight against the Union in the Civil War. The book debates that African slaves and white women shaped the Confederate …show more content…
With many interactions occurring between the Confederacy and the slaves, the slaves tried to resist and reshape connections with their government because they began to make slaves do manual labor for the Confederate war effort. The Confederates efforts to make the slaves do war labor, it threatened the stability of slavery. As McCurry interprets on the topic of slaves fighting in the war, she implies that eventually the African Americans that fought in the war went on to escape slavery as soldiers of the war (268). There were also many ‘military men’ that were not liable for military service because technically they were still slaves. In relation to white women resisting to follow government orders, this caused many slaves to act out the way they did. Surprisingly, white confederate women and enslaved Africans shared many values during the Civil War. McCurry throughly illustrates slave resistance in the book by explaining different actions that take place on and off the plantation. Another important topic described in the book was that of slaveholders not wanting to give up their slaves into joining the Confederate army. Some people fought the thought of this because many believed that this would help the Confederacy, but slaveholders worried more about their own plantation. Having some slaves join the Confederate army did hurt them as some rebelled against the Confederates and fought against them, killing

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