A Good Southerner

The Life of Henry A. Wise of Virginia

By Craig M. Simpson

468 pp., 6 x 9, 12 illus., 4 maps, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4944-6
    Published: February 2001
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1647-6
    Published: February 2014

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Wise (1806-76) was extremely active on the Virginia and national political scene from the early 1830s to the mid-1860s, drawing popular support because of his projection of hopefulness and energy. Regarded as eccentric, Wise is given, in this study, an interpretation that finds consistency in his life-long controversial and impulsive behavior. Simpson stresses Wise's ambivalent attitude toward slaves and slave-holding, authority and authority figures, and Virginia and the United States.