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From the PublisherThe Civil War in Popular Culture is an eclectic approach covering a variety of subjects, including Civil War myth and memory, films, novels, battlefield preservation and monuments, souvenirs, race and gender politics, the internet, war gaming, military medicine, and battle field reenactment. A lively read based on fresh research." — Frank J. Wetta, author of The Louisiana Scalawags; Politics, Race, and Terrorism during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
"This wide-ranging collection speaks to the power of the Civil War as a long-term force in American popular culture. The contributors illuminate the phenomenon from a remarkable range of perspectives extending from veterans in the post-Appomattox era through re-enactors and Hollywood films of the early 21st century. Whether drawn especially to historical, literary, or cinematic themes, readers will find much to ponder and enjoy in these pages."—Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War and The Confederate War" —
"This superbly framed and crafted volume is one of very few books on the Civil War that successfully examines the possible reasons why and how we, as Americans, are so fixated with the subject. Kreiser and Allred explore several possibilities in their excellent introduction, while the contributors amplify and complicate the discourse in a series of well-argued and well-positioned essays. The underlying explanation of how and why popular culture has embraced the Civil War range from the direct impact of the war on its participants, combatant reunions and long term battlefield preservation, the memory of the war in the minds of subsequent generations, and a few of the many ways that the Civil War has been used to craft, invent, or re-imagine cultural memory and the popular imagination in fiction, film, reenactments, and even board games.—Joy SperlingPresident PCA/ACA, Professor of Art History, Denison University" —
"One hundred and fifty years later and Americans appear to be as deeply interested in the Civil War and its legacy as their parents and grandparents. Echoes of the war can be heard in Hollywood films, contemporary politics and more overtly in debates over the public display of the Confederate flag, the naming of parks after controversial generals, and during battle reenactments. This collection of essays brings together some of the leading experts and rising stars in the field of Civil War memory. While the essays reflect both continuity and change in how Americans have remembered the war, they also confirm that the war will remain front and center in this nation's collective memory for the near future. Scholars and Civil War enthusiasts alike will enjoy and profit from reading this book.—Kevin M. Levin, author of Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, Instructor of History, Gann Academy" —
"The Civil War in Popular Culture: Memory and Meaning by Lawrence A. Kreiser Jr. & Randal Allred looks at depictions of the war across a variety of mediums, from books and film, to monuments and battlefield reunions, to reenactments and board games. —Those That Can't Write" — Those That Can't Write