The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil edited by Cyrus B. Dawsey and James M. Dawsey (review)

The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil edited by Cyrus B. Dawsey and James M. Dawsey (University of Alabama Press, 1995)

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The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil edited by Cyrus B. Dawsey and James M. Dawsey (review)

by John Charles Chasteen
Southern Cultures, Vol. 3, No. 2: Summer 1997

University of Alabama Press, 1995

The title says much about this book. It suggests that the Texans and the Alabamans at the center of the story are not so much romantic exiles or incorrigible slavocrats as migrants much like other migrants. They are Confederados, defines in part by their Confederate past, in part by their acculturation to Brazil. Both aspects of the title signal a refusal to indulge in the more mythically charged formulations of the topic that have provided titles for earlier treatments: Lost Cause, Elusive Eden, Confederate Exodus, Lost Colony of the Confederacy, and so on.