Rich Man's War Class, Caste, and Confederate Defeat in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley
- List Price: $36.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780820320335
- ISBN10: 0820320331
This conflict was so clearly highlighted by the perception that the Civil War was "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight" that growing numbers of oppressed whites and blacks openly rebelled against Confederate authority, undermining the fight for independence. After the war, however, the upper classes encouraged enmity between freedpeople and poor whites to prevent a class revolution. Trapped by racism and poverty, the poor remained in virtual economic slavery, still dominated by an almost unchanged planter elite.