The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience

The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience, (originally published: Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971).   Preface, Preface to the First Edition, Bibliographical References, Index, 150 pp. (x), ISBN 0872497801.
Author: Emory M. Thomas, professor of history at the University of Georgia.   PhD. in history Rice University, 1966.   Travels to Hallowed Ground; The American War and Peace, 1860-1877.
Scope: Thomas, reasons the Southern “way of life”, led to a special kind of revolution.   A revolution, not to accomplish something new, but to defend something old.   The revolutionary experience strained the Southern mind-set, and that it was the revolution within the revolution that led to the fatal mistakes of the confederacy.
Sources: Thomas utilizes a variety of secondary sources and includes primary source quotations from distinguished scholars and participants on both sides of the war.   Utilizes letters by W.J. Cash, exhibiting the Southern mind-set of individual aristocracy and reinforcing the war only intensified the Southern mind-set.
Thesis: The Southern confederacy brought many changes and challenges to Southerners in a short time span, leading to secession and political, economic and social revolutions that, in many ways, went against the Southern “way of life” they were supposed to be defending.
Theses Points:
1.   State rights, agrarianism, racial slavery, aristocracy and habits of mind including individualism, a strong belief in God and man and romanticism encompassed the Southern “way of life”.   The Southerner symbolized, a strong belief system, which they believed was unique and was being threatened (21-22).
2.   Southern fire-eaters used radical means to achieve their conservative ends; starting the confederate revolutionary experience, going against Southern conscientiousness (24).
3.   The Southern elite controlled much of what was said in the press, at political platforms and what was taught in the classroom, which resulting in the “closing...