Public Art of Civil War Commemoration: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

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In his intriguing examination of Civil War remembrance as a public art, Thomas Brown uses civic monuments, ceremonial oratory, historical reenactment, and other forms of commemoration to explore how Americans have addressed issues of nationhood, race relations, gender, and cultural continuity in periods of social and economic upheaval. Drawing on the latest scholarship, Brown provides an informative narrative frame for 24 rich primary texts that range chronologically from the Gettysburg Address to recent debates over display of the Confederate flag. The volume includes more than 30 illustrations of public monuments and mass-circulated prints to help students learn to interpret visual evidence. A chronology of Civil War commemoration, questions for consideration, and a bibliography provide strong pedagogical support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312397913
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS J. BROWN is an assistant professor of history and assistant director of the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Dorothea Dix, New England Reformer (1998) and coeditor, with Martin H. Blatt and Donald Yacovone, of Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: AmericanCommemoration and theCivil War

1. The Citizen-Soldier
Fields of Memory: Burial Grounds and Battlegrounds
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
Woodrow Wilson, An Address at the Gettysburg Battlefield, July 4, 1913
Civic Monuments
Soldiers Monuments, 1863-1919
Monument Designs
Monument Inscriptions
William Henry Trescot, Inscription for South Carolina Soldiers Monument, 1879
Rituals of Remembrance
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Soldier's Faith, May 30, 1895
Contemporary Commemorations
NAACP, Resolution on Confederate Battle Flag and Emblem, 2001
Charley Reese, Rob the South of Its Symbols?, 1997

2. Women of the War
Union Women
Clara Barton, Account of a Public Lecture, 1882
Confederate Women
H. M. Hamill, Confederate Women's Monument, April 1909
Laura Martin Rose, Address on Dedication of Mississippi, Monument to Confederate Women, June 3, 1912

3. Robert E. Lee and the Remembrance of Lost Causes
Southern Hero
Abram J. Ryan, The Sword of Robert E. Lee, 1867
A Crossroads on Monument Avenue
John W. Daniel, Oration at Dedication of the Lee Memorial, June 28, 1883
Newspaper Commentary on the Lee Monument, May 30-June 7, 1890
National Hero
Charles Francis Adams, Jr., Shall Cromwell Have a Statue?, 1902

4. Representative Regiment: The 54th Massachusetts
Epitaphs for an Unmarked Grave
Anna Quincy Waterston, Together, August 1863
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, The Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth, October 1863
Black and White in Bronze
William James, Oration at Dedication of the Shaw Memorial, May 31, 1897
Booker T. Washington, Address at Dedication of the Shaw Memorial, May 31, 1897
Refracted Remembrance
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Gould Shaw, 1900
Robert Lowell, For the Union Dead, 1959

5. Lincoln's Legacies
Emancipator and Martyr
Henry McNeal Turner, On the Anniversary of Emancipation, January 1, 1866
Frederick Douglass, The Freedmen's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, April 14, 1876
Democratic Vistas
F. Wellington Ruckstull, A Mistake in Bronze, June 1917
George Bernard Shaw, Comments on Lincoln Statue, Controversy, January 11, 1918
The End of American Memory?

Brief Chronology of Civil War Commemoration (1862-2003)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


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