248 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 figs., 4 maps, 15 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2648-2
Published: August 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1075-7
Published: December 2013
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Awards & distinctions
Honorable Mention, 2014 Wiley-Silver Prize, Center for Civil War Research
According to Martinez, slave impressment, which mirrored Confederate governance as a whole, became increasingly centralized, demonstrating the efficacy of federalism within the CSA. She argues that the ability of local, state, and national governments to cooperate and enforce unpopular impressment laws indicates the overall strength of the Confederate government as it struggled to enforce its independence.
About the Author
Jaime Amanda Martinez is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
For more information about Jaime Amanda Martinez, visit the Author Page.
"Martinez has produced a work with which all those who question Confederate nationalism and the efficiency of the Confederate government must reckon."--Virginia Magazine
“Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”--Choice
“Anyone whose fields include slavery or the Civil War should read this book. . . . Martinez’s book also stands to serve as a valuable and necessary corrective to enduring popular myths concerning some of the most significant events and developments in southern history.”--American Historical Review
“Not only important for scholars interested in understanding how impressment should be situated in a larger governmental balancing act between the home front and the front lines but also in comprehending how integral slave labor was to the economic vitality of the Confederacy.”--Journal of American History
“A valuable addition to Confederate scholarship and part of a growing trend that focuses less on the top-down nature of the centralized Confederate state and investigates a more realistic understanding of the cooperation necessary between Richmond, the states, and the citizens.”--Journal of Southern History
“An essential study in the relationship between Confederate society, the Confederate military, and the Confederate state.”--Civil War Book Review
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Read: In a guest blog post, Martinez Martinez looks closely at one community’s efforts to commemorate the contributions of African Americans during the Civil War. Read "Why Exactly are We Commemorating 'Confederate Pensioners of Color.'"
Read: In another post, Martinez considers the 2013 gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia by looking back to another time when a state gubernatorial contest—North Carolina, 1864—proved to be the bellwether for a subsequent national election. Read "Zeb Vance, Ken Cuccinelli, and Chris Christie: Governors as Bellwethers."