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Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914 (Civil War America)

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Exploring the history of Civil War commemorations from both sides of the color line, William Blair places the development of memorial holidays, Emancipation Day celebrations, and other remembrances in the context of Reconstruction politics and race relations in the South. His grassroots examination of these civic rituals demonstrates that the politics of commemoration remained far more contentious than has been previously acknowledged.

Commemorations by ex-Confederates were intended at first to maintain a separate identity from the U.S. government, Blair argues, not as a vehicle for promoting sectional healing. The burial grounds of fallen heroes, known as Cities of the Dead, often became contested ground, especially for Confederate women who were opposed to Reconstruction. And until the turn of the century, African Americans used freedom celebrations to lobby for greater political power and tried to create a national holiday to recognize emancipation.

Blair's analysis shows that some festive occasions that we celebrate even today have a divisive and sometimes violent past as various groups with conflicting political agendas attempted to define the meaning of the Civil War.

Synopsis:

"Cities of the Dead ranks Blair among a growing group of scholars studying memory and the Civil War. [His] genius lies in his carefully reasoned explanations, of how and why these celebrations carried political meaning in particular historical moments."

Civil War Book Review "Provocative. . . . A sophisticated and nuanced analysis."

Arkansas Historical Quarterly "[An] excellent study. . . . [Blair] effectively highlights African American political struggle through the creation and use of public commemorative events."

Journal of African American History "A book worth reading, especially for those interested in questions of memory and commemoration."

American Historical Review

Synopsis:

Blair examines Civil War commemorations of blacks and whites and shows how arguments over how the war would be remembered and memorialized were part of a larger competition over how society would be structured and power exercised.

About the Author

William Blair is associate professor of history and director of the Richards Civil War Era Center at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Virginia's Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy and editor of the journal Civil War History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807828960
Author:
Blair, William Alan
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Blair, William
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Group identity
Subject:
Memorials
Subject:
Power
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day; freedom celebrations; black political mobilization; Decoration Day; Memorial Day; invented traditions; Virginia; Arlington National Cemetery; Lost Cause; reunion and reconciliation; white southern women; southern history; African America
Subject:
Emancipation Day
Subject:
freedom celebrations
Subject:
black political mobilization
Subject:
Decoration Day
Subject:
Memorial Day.
Subject:
invented traditions
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
Arlington National Cemetery
Subject:
Lost Cause
Subject:
reunion and reconciliation
Subject:
white southern women
Subject:
Southern History
Subject:
African American/History
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Civil War America
Series Volume:
1424
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 280 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807828960 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Cities of the Dead ranks Blair among a growing group of scholars studying memory and the Civil War. [His] genius lies in his carefully reasoned explanations, of how and why these celebrations carried political meaning in particular historical moments."

Civil War Book Review "Provocative. . . . A sophisticated and nuanced analysis."

Arkansas Historical Quarterly "[An] excellent study. . . . [Blair] effectively highlights African American political struggle through the creation and use of public commemorative events."

Journal of African American History "A book worth reading, especially for those interested in questions of memory and commemoration."

American Historical Review

"Synopsis" by , Blair examines Civil War commemorations of blacks and whites and shows how arguments over how the war would be remembered and memorialized were part of a larger competition over how society would be structured and power exercised.
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