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Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War
     

Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War

by Joan Waugh, Gary W. Gallagher
 

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Comprised of essays from twelve leading scholars, this volume extends the discussion of Civil War controversies far past the death of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. Contributors address, among other topics, Walt Whitman's poetry, the handling of the Union and Confederate dead, the treatment of disabled and destitute northern veterans, Ulysses S. Grant's

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Comprised of essays from twelve leading scholars, this volume extends the discussion of Civil War controversies far past the death of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. Contributors address, among other topics, Walt Whitman's poetry, the handling of the Union and Confederate dead, the treatment of disabled and destitute northern veterans, Ulysses S. Grant's imposing tomb, and Hollywood's long relationship with the Lost Cause narrative. The contributors are William Blair, Stephen Cushman, Drew Gilpin Faust, Gary W. Gallagher, J. Matthew Gallman, Joseph T. Glatthaar, Harold Holzer, James Marten, Stephanie McCurry, James M. McPherson, Carol Reardon, and Joan Waugh.

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Excellent. . . . Points us toward new directions in the study of Civil War memory. . . . This useful collection contains many rich insights into the controversies unleashed by the Civil War.--Journal of Southern History

Provides fresh interpretations. . . . Demonstrates the vitality of Civil War history because conflicts over the war's meaning multiply, rather than diminish, with the passage of time.--Virginia Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807898444
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Civil War America
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
4 MB

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The contributors to this stimulating volume demonstrate again the inexhaustible potential for fresh scholarship on the American Civil War. These studies focus on the tensions that divided North against North and South against South during--and long after--the actual fighting. The result is a very good book on the Civil War that also reveals much about American history in general.--Mark A. Noll, author of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

An invaluable resource for both research and teaching, this dazzling book of essays illustrates, in ways sure to provoke debate and inspire new work, how far modern scholarship has come in integrating the Civil War battlefront and homefront. And it dramatizes that in history and in memory, 'North' and 'South' were not just implacable foes, but unstable and contested political constructs.--Elizabeth R. Varon, Temple University

Meet the Author

Joan Waugh is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and coeditor of the award-winning The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture.
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.

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