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The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History & Culture)

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In his intriguing examination of Civil War remembrance as a public art, Thomas Brown uses civic monuments, ceremonial oratory, historical reenactment, and other forms of commemoration to explore how Americans have addressed issues of nationhood, race relations, gender, and cultural continuity in periods of social and economic upheaval. Drawing on the latest scholarship, Brown provides an informative narrative frame for 24 rich primary texts that range chronologically from the Gettysburg Address to recent debates over display of the Confederate flag. The volume includes more than 30 illustrations of public monuments and mass-circulated prints to help students learn to interpret visual evidence. A chronology of Civil War commemoration, questions for consideration, and a bibliography provide strong pedagogical support.

About the Author

THOMAS J. BROWN is an assistant professor of history and assistant director of the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Dorothea Dix, New England Reformer (1998) and coeditor, with Martin H. Blatt and Donald Yacovone, of Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (2001).

Table of Contents



  List of Illustrations

  Introduction: AmericanCommemoration and theCivil War


  1. The Citizen-Soldier

       Fields of Memory: Burial Grounds and Battlegrounds

    Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

    Woodrow Wilson, An Address at the Gettysburg Battlefield, July 4, 1913

       Civic Monuments

    Soldiers Monuments, 1863-1919

       Monument Designs

       Monument Inscriptions

    William Henry Trescot, Inscription for South Carolina Soldiers Monument, 1879

       Rituals of Remembrance

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Soldier's Faith, May 30, 1895

       Contemporary Commemorations

    NAACP, Resolution on Confederate Battle Flag and Emblem, 2001

    Charley Reese, Rob the South of Its Symbols?, 1997


  2. Women of the War

       Union Women

    Clara Barton, Account of a Public Lecture, 1882

       Confederate Women

    H. M. Hamill, Confederate Women's Monument, April 1909

    Laura Martin Rose, Address on Dedication of Mississippi, Monument to Confederate Women, June 3, 1912


  3. Robert E. Lee and the Remembrance of Lost Causes

       Southern Hero

    Abram J. Ryan, The Sword of Robert E. Lee, 1867

       A Crossroads on Monument Avenue

    John W. Daniel, Oration at Dedication of the Lee Memorial, June 28, 1883

    Newspaper Commentary on the Lee Monument, May 30-June 7, 1890

       National Hero

    Charles Francis Adams, Jr., Shall Cromwell Have a Statue?, 1902


  4. Representative Regiment: The 54th Massachusetts

       Epitaphs for an Unmarked Grave

    Anna Quincy Waterston, Together, August 1863

    Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, The Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth, October 1863

       Black and White in Bronze

    William James, Oration at Dedication of the Shaw Memorial, May 31, 1897

    Booker T. Washington, Address at Dedication of the Shaw Memorial, May 31, 1897

       Refracted Remembrance

    Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Gould Shaw, 1900

    Robert Lowell, For the Union Dead, 1959


  5. Lincoln's Legacies

       Emancipator and Martyr

    Henry McNeal Turner, On the Anniversary of Emancipation, January 1, 1866

    Frederick Douglass, The Freedmen's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, April 14, 1876

       Democratic Vistas

    F. Wellington Ruckstull, A Mistake in Bronze, June 1917

    George Bernard Shaw, Comments on Lincoln Statue, Controversy, January 11, 1918

       The End of American Memory?



    Brief Chronology of Civil War Commemoration (1862-2003)

    Questions for Consideration

    Selected Bibliography



Product Details

A Brief History with Documents
Davis, Natalie Zemon
Davis, Natalie Zemon
May, Ernest R.
Brown, Thomas J.
May, Ernest R.
Bedford/St. Martin's
Boston, Mass.
United states
American - General
United States - Civil War
General History
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Nationalism -- History.
US History-1800 to Civil War
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8.24 x 5.5 x 0.31 in

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