Dowdey, Clifford The Land They Fought For: The Story of the South as the Confederacy, 1832-1865
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Company 1955 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket
438 pp., bibliography, index. Green cloth boards with gold lettering. Pastedowns portray map of the Confederacy. Spine slightly slanted, minor edgewear and bumping. DJ in protective Brodart plastic wrap. DJ price-clipped, with small chips at spine and flap ends, and a few very small tears. A nice, attractive copy.
"The Civil War was fought for thirty years before the mounting antagonisms between the sections exploded in the clash of arms. From Nullification in 1832 until Fort Sumter in 1861 constituted a long period of cold war, even by today's standards. Men who opposed one another in the opening phases of the conflict had gone to their rewards when the shooting began, and the generation in the South which was to die had not been born when South Carolina first defied the Union. The quarrel was passed on, like the baton in a relay race, from generation to generation, until the men who settled it in the bloodiest violence had little notion of what had started it. Clifford Dowdey surveys the gathering storm - the disparity between North and South economically, South Carolina's defiance of the federal Tariff Act of 1832, the stark horror of Nat Turner Rebellion and its subsequent harvest of fear, and the conflict between ways of life within the South itself."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall