256 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, 5 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3055-7
Published: November 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3056-4
Published: October 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5205-4
Published: February 2019
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Awards & distinctions
A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2017
Blending rich analysis with an engaging narrative, Foote uses these ragged Union escapees as a lens with which to assess the dying Confederate States, providing a new window into the South’s ultimate defeat.
About the Author
Lorien Foote is the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History at Texas A&M University.
For more information about Lorien Foote, visit the Author Page.
“Foote delivers a story rich in style and powerful in substance. With insight and alacrity, the author delivers a powerful perspective on how the ‘Yankee Plague’ of escaped prisoners became an integral part of a process that contributed to the disintegration and demise of the Confederacy. There are few books that combine well-written, easy-to-read prose with groundbreaking historical insights and perspectives. This is one of them.”--American Historical Review
“This is a prime example of the very best of current Civil War History. By applying the analytical power of social history and razor-sharp military and political analysis, Foote constructs a new paradigm for understanding the war in which the most potent invading armies run away from the enemy, slaves hold the key to freedom, and women are the most domineering commanders.”--Journal of American History
“A fascinating examination of one of the under-studied effects of a collapsing war effort, namely, the inability to hold, guard, and maintain enemy prisoners of war (POWs). A brilliant examination of a complex subject.”--Journal of Military History
“An illuminating and powerful study that enhances both Civil War history and POW studies. Essential.”--Choice
“The Yankee Plague makes for an important addition to the literature on Civil War prisoners and the collapse of the Confederacy.”--Civil War Monitor
“Packs a very powerful scholarly punch. . . . Definitely merits award consideration and will likely earn a spot on many of this year’s ‘Best Of’ lists.”--Civil War Books and Authors