Confederates in the Tropics: Charles Swett's Travelogue by Frederick Stirton Weaver,Sharon Hartman Strom

By Frederick Stirton Weaver,Sharon Hartman Strom

Charles Swett (1828-1910) used to be a filthy rich Vicksburg service provider and small plantation proprietor who was once reluctantly drawn into secession yet then rallied in the back of the accomplice reason, serving with contrast within the accomplice military. After the battle a few of Swett's friends from Mississippi and different southern states invited him to discover the opportunity of settling in British Honduras or the Republic of Honduras.

Confederates within the Tropics makes use of Swett's 1868 travelogue to discover the reasons of would-be accomplice migrants' fleeing defeat and Reconstruction within the usa South. The authors make a comparative research of accomplice groups in Latin the USA, and use Charles Swett's lifestyles to demonstrate the travails and hopes of the interval for either blacks and whites.

Swett's diary is gifted the following in its entirety in a transparent, obtainable structure, edited for modern readers. Swett's kind, with the exception of his passionate prefatory feedback, is a remarkably unsentimental, even medical examine Belize and Honduras, extra equivalent to a box file than a romantic commute account. In a last part, the authors recommend why the expatriate groups of white Southerners almost always failed, and persist with up on Swett's lifestyles in Mississippi in a fashion that sheds gentle on why disgruntled Confederates determined to stay in or finally to come back to the U.S. South.

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