The Confederate Image: Prints of the Lost Causeby Mark E. Neely Jr., Harold Holzer, Gabor S. Boritt
The Confederate Image examines for the first time the popular lithographs and engravings cherished by Southerners after the Civil War. Until now, few of the pictures have been reproduced in books, and many have been relegated to dusty corners of museums, unframed and uncataloged. This book establishes the importance of such prints, for they helped revive and sustain Southern identity after the collapse of the Confederacy. If the myth of the Lost Cause was a Southern civil religion, then this book is a study of its icons.
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The Confederate Image is more than just a picture book. It is the product of an insightful examination of these popular prints and recognition of their long-ignored historical value. Its authors . . . have supplied an extensive and well-written text that tells a fascinating story of the creation of these images and how they added to or, at times, ran counter to the creation of the myth that is known as the Lost Cause.Chicago Tribune
This book is imaginative, insightful, and well-written. Highly recommended for university libraries and for others having collections on the Civil War or popular art.Library Journal
[An] engrossing book about Southerners during the Civil War . . . enlightening are such chapters as the one on Stonewall Jackson.People Magazine
In this pioneering study, the authors provide an extensively researched, scholarly text that places this popular art in its cultural and commercial context.Publishers Weekly
[A] fascinating, original new book.Detroit News
A well-researched and interesting sidelight into a world of illusion.New York Times Book Review
A remarkable contribution to the literature and iconography of the Civil War. The impressible links between the prints, their creators, and some of the most dramatic scenes of the war involve the skillful use of new and little-used material. Most students of the war will find treasures here.Burke Davis
Meet the Author
Mark E. Neely Jr. is McCabe-Greer Professor of Civil War History at Pennsylvania State University.
Harold Holzer is vice president for communications at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, with Neely, author of The Union Image: Popular Prints of the Civil War North.
Gabor S. Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College and director of the Civil War Institute.
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