The Guns of the South: A Novel of the Civil War Themes

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Prejudice

Prejudice and racism are dominant themes of the book. Prejudice and racism were not the reason for the institution of slavery in the South. The reasons were basically economic. The plantation economy of the South was based on the use of slave labor not on the promise that whites were superior to blacks. This, however, is the view of the America Will Break men. They come from a South Africa that is one hundred fifty years in the future and plagued with racial problems. They are a small radical group that has stolen a time machine and returns to the time of the Civil War to influence the outcome. They want to control the agenda of the Confederate States of America to insure that the institution of slavery is preserved. When they learn that General Robert E. Lee favors the gradual education and freeing of slaves, they threaten...

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