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The Militant South

by FanOfTimeLifeBooks on Dec 14, 2008

John Hope Franklin's "The Militant South" ranks among one of my favorite books about the South. In this fascinating book, Franklin asserts that violence was woven into the most fundamental aspects of southern life. Up to the Civil War, many areas of the South could be classified as frontier regions. Because of this, as well as the proximity of Native Americans, the presence of fugitive slaves, and the fear of slave revolts, southerners were compelled to develop techniques (the use of knives, pistols, and slave patrols) for their protection. Also, southerners were sensitive about their honor and frequently resorted to dueling if their honor was insulted. Finally, the South had a distinct interest in military education as evidenced by the opening of numerous military schools during the first half of the nineteenth century. In short, "The Militant South" is a lucid and engrossing account of an important region and time period in American history.

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