Published: Wed Jul 15, 2009
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2009) – A country divided, a region torn in two and bitter battle lines drawn between two slaveholding states that were mirror images of one another culturally and economically— it’s all captured in a new book edited by three Tennessee Tech University professors.
Tennessee Tech assistant professor of history Kent Dollar and professors emeritus Larry Whiteaker and W. Calvin Dickinson collaborated for a first-hand look at the social, political and economic impact of the Civil War in "Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee" just released by The University Press of Kentucky.
“Kentucky and Tennessee suffered the same hardships as the armies who fought within their borders,” said Dollar. “'Sister States, Enemy States' examines how the Civil War affected the Bluegrass and Volunteer states and changed the course of the war.”
The historical collection begins with each state’s debate over secession and the divided loyalties felt. Also highlighted are the war’s often forgotten participants including women, refugees, African-American and common soldiers, as well as guerrilla combatants.
“Fresh insights are offered into the struggle that left a lasting mark on Kentuckians and Tennesseans, just as it left its mark on the nation,” said Dollar.
Also included are essays by prominent Civil War historians Benjamin Franklin Cooling, Marion Lucas, Tracy McKenzie and Kenneth Noe, which provide aspects of the war not previously addressed.
“'Sister States, Enemy States' will appeal to all who hold an interest in the history of the Civil War and its effects,” said Charles Roland, University of Kentucky professor emeritus. “It will remain current as long as that interest lasts.”
Dollar is also the author of "Soldiers of the Cross: Confederate Soldier-Christians and the Impact of War on Their Faith." Whiteaker is the author of "The Individual and Society in America." Dickinson co-authored "Tennessee Tales the Textbooks Don’t Tell."