Lincoln Study Forum Dives Deep into "How the South Won the Civil War"

By David J. Kent

Washington D.C.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021



The Lincoln Group Study Forum continues its review of How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America, by Heather Cox Richardson (Oxford University Press, 2020).


The study forum meets monthly on Saturday at 10AM via Zoom and is open to all LGDC members. New participants are welcome. Anyone interested in attending as a guest can do so by contacting John O’Brien at jobrien3910@verizon.net.

We'll continue discussion of Richardson's book for the next two sessions, scheduled for March 20, 2021 (Chapters 4-6, pp. 75-144) and April 24, 2021 (Chapters 7-8, plus Conclusion, pp. 145-205).


About the Book: The North may have prevailed in the Civil War, but Richardson argues this victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and there established a foothold. Richardson's searing book seizes upon the soul of the country and its ongoing struggle to provide equal opportunity to all. Debunking the myth that the Civil War released the nation from the grip of oligarchy, expunging the sins of the Founding, it reveals how and why the Old South not only survived in the West, but thrived. How the South Won the Civil War takes a broader look at the kind of political paradox that Abraham Lincoln tried desperately to rectify during the Civil War and brings it up to the modern era. This is a critically important book that the Forum believes will help us better understand Lincoln's unfinished work and guide us in bringing his vision to citizens and leaders today.