A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 / Edition 1

A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 / Edition 1

by Anne Sarah Rubin
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The University of North Carolina Press
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A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 / Edition 1

Historians often assert that Confederate nationalism had its origins in pre-Civil War sectional conflict with the North, reached its apex at the start of the war, and then dropped off quickly after the end of hostilities. Anne Sarah Rubin argues instead that white Southerners did not actually begin to formulate a national identity until it became evident that the Confederacy was destined to fight a lengthy war against the Union. She also demonstrates that an attachment to a symbolic or sentimental Confederacy existed independent of the political Confederacy and was therefore able to persist well after the collapse of the Confederate state. White Southerners redefined symbols and figures of the failed state as emotional touchstones and political rallying points in the struggle to retain local (and racial) control, even as former Confederates took the loyalty oath and applied for pardons in droves.

Exploring the creation, maintenance, and transformation of Confederate identity during the tumultuous years of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Rubin sheds new light on the ways in which Confederates felt connected to their national creation and provides a provocative example of what happens when a nation disintegrates and leaves its people behind to forge a new identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807829288
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/07/2005
Series: Civil War America Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents




Part I. War

Chapter 1. A Religious Patriotism: The Culture of Confederate Identity

Interlude: A Hope Fully Authorized by the Facts

Chapter 2. Love of Country, Love of Self: Challenges to Confederate Unity

Interlude: Only Not a Victory

Chapter 3. Enemies Like an Avalanche: Yankees, Slaves, and Confederate Identity

Interlude: Peace (with Independence Always)

Chapter 4. Blue-Black Is Our Horizon: The End of the War

Part II. Reconstruction

Chapter 5. Nursing the Embers: Race and Politics during Reconstruction

Interlude: To Receive the Oath and Brand of Slave

Chapter 6. To Restore Their Broken Fortunes: Reconstructing White Southern Identity

Interlude: The Vicarious Sufferer

Chapter 7. Who Shall Subjugate the Women? Gender and White Southern Identity





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