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
Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil Warby Joan Waugh, Gary W. Gallagher
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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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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