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Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South

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ISBN13: 9780674064218
ISBN10: 0674064216
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Historians have long treated the patriotic anthems of the American Civil War as colorful, if largely insignificant, side notes. But beneath the songsandrsquo; inspirational surface is a far more complex story. The contradictory genesis and reception of one such anthem, andldquo;Maryland, My Maryland,andrdquo; for instance, showcases the inherent ironies underlying the Civil War in general. Long considered one of the most popular Confederate patriotic songs, andldquo;Maryland, My Maryland,andrdquo; was not only written in Louisiana but also celebrated a state that never joined the Confederacy.

In Maryland, My Maryland: Civil War Music and Patriotism, James A. Davis offers an in-depth exploration of the contradictions underlying this Civil War anthem and considers what these incongruities reveal more broadly about expressions of patriotism during the war. To do so, Davis explores the geographic specificity of the songandrsquo;s lyrics, which allowed the contest between regional and national loyalties to be fought on bandstands as well as battlefields, amplifying the emerging division between soldiers and civilians as audiences and their role in bestowing musical meaning.and#160; Furthermore, Davis posits that andldquo;Maryland, My Marylandandrdquo; contributed to the shift in patriotic allegiance from a specific, localized and material place to an ambiguous, inclusive, and imagined space. By resisting the straight-forward narrative of popular music, Davis reveals the inconsistencies that belie commonly-held assumptions that popular music was for all people and that patriotism was an easily defined, stable, and universally-held attitude shared by those living within clearly delineated geo-political boundaries.

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ward, Organization of American Historians

Finalist, 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History

2011 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

2011 Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians

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2011 Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians

About the Author

Stephanie McCurry is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

  • Prologue: The Confederate Project
  1. Who Are the People?
  2. The Brothers’ War
  3. Antigone’s Claim
  4. Soldiers’ Wives and the Politics of Subsistence
  5. Women Numerous and Armed
  6. “Amor Patriae”
  7. “Our Open Enemies”
  8. The Fall
  • Epilogue: Confederate Reckoning
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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Ashley Bowen-Murphy, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Ashley Bowen-Murphy)
Despite the Confederate States of America’s (CSA) efforts to enshrine an exclusively white, male citizenship in its founding documents, southern women and slaves emerged as powerful political actors during the course of the Civil War. Stephanie McCurry’s well-researched, easily readable Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South, traces this development and argues that military necessity often augmented the growing political power of slaves and women. As “soldiers’ wives,” poor women embraced an identity that bound their “politics of subsistence” to the state’s obligation to its citizen-soldiers. Slaves, who formed their own understanding of the war long before emancipation, employed a variety of tactics to negate the instrumental view of slave labor enshrined in the CSA Constitution. Even though soldiers’ wives and slaves did not consider themselves allies, the persistence with which both groups entered the political sphere raised similar sets of complex questions about citizenship, consent of the governed, and the reciprocal obligations between a state and its citizenry. The CSA’s response to soldiers’ wives and slaves eventually undid the very logic of the state itself. It was precisely the official recognition of women and slaves as political actors, coupled with the implicit acknowledgement of the Confederate political system’s failure, that constitutes the “reckoning” at the heart of McCurry’s text.

McCurry's book will appeal to Civil War buffs and folks interested in women's or African American history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674064218
Author:
Mccurry, Stephanie
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
McCurry, Stephanie
Author:
Davis, James A.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Subject:
Social Science-Slavery
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women
Subject:
s Studies
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies/African-American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120507
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illustrations
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 456 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674064218 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , ward, Organization of American Historians

Finalist, 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History

2011 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

2011 Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians

"Synopsis" by , 2011 Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians
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