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Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 (Civil War America)

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Publisher Comments:

In this groundbreaking work of cultural history, Alice Fahs explores a little-known and fascinating side of the Civil War--the outpouring of popular literature inspired by the conflict. From 1861 to 1865, authors and publishers in both the North and the South produced a remarkable variety of war-related compositions, including poems, songs, children's stories, romances, novels, histories, and even humorous pieces. Fahs mines these rich but long-neglected resources to recover the diversity of the war's political and social meanings.

Instead of narrowly portraying the Civil War as a clash between two great, white armies, popular literature offered a wide range of representations of the conflict and helped shape new modes of imagining the relationships of diverse individuals to the nation. Works that explored the war's devastating impact on white women's lives, for example, proclaimed the importance of their experiences on the home front, while popular writings that celebrated black manhood and heroism in the wake of emancipation helped readers begin to envision new roles for blacks in American life.

Recovering a lost world of popular literature, The Imagined Civil War adds immeasurably to our understanding of American life and letters at a pivotal point in our history.

Book News Annotation:

Fahs (history, U. of California-Irvine) explores the range and significance of popular literature inspired by the Civil War, from 1861-1865, in both the North and the South. The types of works and topics analyzed include war poetry, sentimental war stories, sensational war novels, war humor, war juveniles, war songs, collections of war-related anecdotes, and war histories, appearing in newspapers, illustrated weeklies, monthly periodicals, cheap weekly "story papers," pamphlets, broadsides, song sheets, and books. Fahs considers the diversity of the war's political and social meanings, and the personal responses to the ideological dilemmas posed by the war as expressed in these little-known works.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Alice Fahs is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807825815
Author:
Fahs, Alice
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
War in literature
Subject:
War and literature
Subject:
Popular literature
Subject:
War stories, American
Subject:
War poetry, American.
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American literature -- Southern States.
Subject:
Southern States In literature.
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history; literary history; popular War literature; Civil War; North and South; feminized war literature; sensational war novels; war poetry; children s war literature; war histories; war humor; war songs; sentimental war literature; econ
Subject:
American cultural history
Subject:
Literary History
Subject:
popular War literature
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
North and south.
Subject:
feminized war literature
Subject:
sensational war novels
Subject:
War poetry
Subject:
children s war literature
Subject:
war histories
Subject:
War -- Humor.
Subject:
War-songs
Subject:
sentimental war literature
Subject:
Economy
Subject:
Union
Subject:
Confederacy
Subject:
racial
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Women
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
GE
Subject:
nder
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Civil War America (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War
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