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Zeb Vance: North Carolina's Civil War Governor and Gilded Age Political Leaderby McKinney, Gordon B.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Retail Price: $45.00
Issue: Spring 2005
A complex political leader, Zeb Vance governed North Carolina throughout the Civil War and served as U.S. Senator from 1878 to 1894. Just prior to the Civil War, Vance opposed secession, and during the conflict, he opposed certain Confederate policies. However, the author shows that during Reconstruction, Vance supported members of the white upper class while advocating further suppression of black citizens.