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Journal of Southern History May 2023 Volume LXXXIX No 2

The new issue of the Journal of Southern History, published by the Southern Historical Association has arrived in my mailbox.

Volume LXXXIX, No. 2 (May 2023)

Articles include:

“Catholic Paternalism and Slavery’s Capitalism: Bishop John England’s Defense of Domestic Slavery and the Interstate Slave Trade” written by David Roach, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor University.

“The Rhetoric of Insurrection and the Fear: The Politics of Slave Management in Confederate Georgia” written by David T. Gleeson,  a professor of American history at Northumbria University.

“Southern History in Periodicals, 2022: A Selected Bibliography”

“Annual Report of the Secretary-Treasurer”

Also included are a large selection of book reviews and a section of book notes.

David T. Gleeson is the author of The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America.

Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of David T. Gleeson’s sweeping analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.

Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the years leading up to and following the Civil War, as well as on the Irish in the Confederate army and on the southern home front, Gleeson argues that the conflict and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish Americans into the South. Throughout the book, Gleeson draws comparisons to the Irish on the Union side and to southern natives, expanding his analysis to engage the growing literature on Irish and American identity in the nineteenth-century United States.

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