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The Resource Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865, Robert J. Cook

Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865, Robert J. Cook

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Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865
Title
Civil War memories
Title remainder
contesting the past in the United States since 1865
Statement of responsibility
Robert J. Cook
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At a cost of at least 800,000 lives, the Civil War preserved the Union, aborted the breakaway Confederacy, and liberated a race of slaves. Civil War Memories is the first comprehensive account of how and why Americans have selectively remembered, and forgotten, this watershed conflict since its conclusion in 1865. Drawing on an array of textual and visual sources as well as a wide range of modern scholarship on Civil War memory, Robert J. Cook charts the construction of four dominant narratives by the ordinary men and women, as well as the statesmen and generals, who lived through the struggle and its tumultuous aftermath. Part One explains why the Yankee victors’ memory of the "War of the Rebellion" drove political conflict into the 1890s, then waned with the passing of the soldiers who had saved the republic. It also touches on the leading role southern white women played in the development of the racially segregated South’s "Lost Cause"; explores why, by the beginning of the twentieth century, the majority of Americans had embraced a powerful reconciliatory memory of the Civil War; and details the failed efforts to connect an emancipationist reading of the conflict to the fading cause of civil rights. Part Two demonstrates the Civil War’s capacity to thrill twentieth-century Americans in movies such as The Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind. It also reveals the war’s vital connection to the black freedom struggle in the modern era. Finally, Cook argues that the massacre of African American parishioners in Charleston in June 2015 highlighted the continuing relevance of the Civil War by triggering intense nationwide controversy over the place of Confederate symbols in the United States. Written in vigorous prose for a wide audience and designed to inform popular debate on the relevance of the Civil War to the racial politics of modern America, Civil War Memories is required reading for informed Americans today. --
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1958-
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Cook, Robert J.
Dewey number
973.7/1
Index
index present
LC call number
  • E468.9
  • E468.9
LC item number
  • .C65 2017
  • .C559 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • Collective memory
Label
Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865, Robert J. Cook
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Publication
Copyright
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Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. The postwar period. A fractured country and its fractured memories -- The resurgent south and its lost cause -- Remembering the victors' war in the Gilded Age -- The rocky road to sectional reconciliation -- Part II. The modern era. Distant drums in an age of global warfare -- Centennial blues -- Afterlife -- Conclusion : the continuing Civil War
Control code
ocn979993504
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 273 pages
Isbn
9781421423494
Lccn
2017004274
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421423494
  • (OCoLC)979993504
Label
Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865, Robert J. Cook
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. The postwar period. A fractured country and its fractured memories -- The resurgent south and its lost cause -- Remembering the victors' war in the Gilded Age -- The rocky road to sectional reconciliation -- Part II. The modern era. Distant drums in an age of global warfare -- Centennial blues -- Afterlife -- Conclusion : the continuing Civil War
Control code
ocn979993504
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 273 pages
Isbn
9781421423494
Lccn
2017004274
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421423494
  • (OCoLC)979993504

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