Confederate Cockoning Summary

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Confederate Reckoning Throughout time, historians have debated the reasoning behind the onset of the Civil War and who was really involved in the conflict. In her novel, Confederate Reckoning: Power and
Politics in the Civil War South, author Stephanie McCurry presents her audience with a unique group to factor in to the events that helped lead to the outcome in the war. Many historians focus on the technological advancements and political elections involving white men in the war, but
McCurry takes a different stand point. Instead of focusing on those factors, McCurry explains how women and slaves had a large impact in the fate of the war. The Confederacy claimed to have made its secession decision in the name of the people, but McCurry causes
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Essentially, the novel’s main focus is to describe the political roles of women and slaves in the Civil War, so this aspect does not hinder the book as a whole.
Throughout history, historians have explained the political aspects of the Civil War with only stories of white men and some slave accounts. In the novel Confederate Reckoning,
McCurry, readers are able to be enlightened on other aspects that affected the outcome of the
Civil War. While most historians do not mention women while discussing this war, McCurry shows how involved women actually were in politics during this time period. She explains how women and slaves were originally excluded from “the people” in society, but in actuality ended up having as much of an impact as white men. McCurry shows how women were able to deceive men by acting innocent, when in actuality they were spying and gaining political ground.
By connecting massive events to women and slave riots, McCurry is able to show her audience how women were able to make their opinions heard, even thought they were left out. Overall,
McCurry does an excellent job of showing how the South led to their own demise by leaving out the majority of their own people when building their

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