Book, A Year in the South 1865

Book, A Year in the South 1865

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Drawing on a rich array of primary & secondary sources, Ash, associate professor at the University of Tennessee, has drawn a vivid picture of everyday people scrambling to survive with Darwinian tenacity as their world collapses around them. Through his intelligent choice of diverse subjects-an upper-class Confederate widow reduced to drudgery; an enterprising slave who tucks away a nest egg & learns to read; a young farmer whose discovery of faith & love renews his enthusiasm for life; a 31-year-old preacher from a prosperous slave-owning family, who survives the dissolution of the institution that had sustained their prosperity-Ash tells a tale that reads like a novel.