Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865

Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865

by Robert J. Cook

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ISBN-13: 9781421423494
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 473,109
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert J. Cook is a professor of American history at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Civil War Senator: William Pitt Fessenden and the Fight to Save the American Republic and a coauthor of Secession Winter: When the Union Fell Apart.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I The Postwar Period

Chapter 1 A Fractured Country and Its Fractured Memories 11

Chapter 2 The Resurgent South and Its Lost Cause 40

Chapter 3 Remembering the Victors' War in the Gilded Age 69

Chapter 4 The Rocky Road to Sectional Reconciliation 95

Part II The Modern Era

Chapter 5 Distant Drums in an Age of Global Warfare 125

Chapter 6 Centennial Blues 156

Chapter 7 Afterlife 180

Conclusion: The Continuing Civil War 207

Notes 215

Bibliography 241

Index 261

What People are Saying About This

Joan Waugh

"Cook makes clear the powerful ways that the reverberations of the Civil War still resonate within American political culture. A compelling story told by a uniquely qualified expert in southern history and civil rights."

John David Smith

"The Civil War has occupied a special place in the American psyche, for northerners and southerners, for blacks and whites, ever since General Robert E. Lee’s men stacked their guns at Appomattox in 1865. In his fast-paced, well-researched, and gripping Civil War Memories, Robert J. Cook underscores why and how Americans have remembered (and forgotten) the war’s complex meanings and legacies. Cook’s book is especially relevant at a moment in American history when pro-Confederate symbols remain hotly contested and recurrent racial violence challenges the myth of a post-racial age."

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