Victoria E. Bynum is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of history at Texas State University, USA.
Bynum is to be saluted not only for her profound scholarship but
for her evenhanded accounts of matters that remain volatile and
controversial. . . . [This] book should be praised as an original
and cogent piece of scholarship on a devilishly complicated and
demanding subject.--Washington Times
An important book that may cause historians who are skeptical about putting too much stress on an 'inner' Civil War to rethink their position.--American Historical Review
Powerful, revisionist, and timely, Bynum's book combines superb history with poignant analysis of historical memory and southern racial mores.--Choice