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Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

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No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion.In 1865, confronted with a ravaged landscape and a torn America, the North and South began a slow and painful process of reconciliation. The ensuing decades witnessed the triumph of a culture of reunion, which downplayed sectional division and emphasized the heroics of a battle between noble men of the Blue and the Gray. Nearly lost in national culture were the moral crusades over slavery that ignited the war, the presence and participation of African Americans throughout the war, and the promise of emancipation that emerged from the war. Race and Reunion is a history of how the unity of white America was purchased through the increasing segregation of black and white memory of the Civil War. Blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, the romanticized South of literature, soldiers' reminiscences of battle, the idea of the Lost Cause, and the ritual of Memorial Day. He resurrects the variety of African-American voices and memories of the war and the efforts to preserve the emancipationist legacy in the midst of a culture built on its denial.

Blight's sweeping narrative of triumph and tragedy, romance and realism, is a compelling tale of the politics of memory, of how a nation healed from civil war without justice. By the early twentieth century, the problems of race and reunion were locked in mutual dependence, a painful legacy that continues to haunt us today.

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In this history, Blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, soldiers' reminiscences of battle, the idea of the Lost Cause, the ritual of Memorial Day, and resurrects African-American voices and memories of the war and the efforts to preserve the emancipationist legacy in the midst of a culture built on its denial. 32 halftones.

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2001 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

2002 Lincoln Prize, Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of History

2002 Merle Curti Award in American Social and/or Cultural History and in American Intellectual History, Organization of American Historians

2002 Ellis W. Hawley Prize, Organization of American Historians

Co-Winner, 2002 James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians

2002 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University

Salon The Top 12 Civil War Books Ever Written

About the Author

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of History at Yale University.

Class of 1954 Professor of American History, Yale University

Table of Contents

  • Prologue
  • 1. The Dead and the Living
  • 2. Regeneration and Reconstruction
  • 3. Decoration Days
  • 4. Reconstruction and Reconciliation
  • 5. Soldiers’ Memory
  • 6. Soldiers’ Faith
  • 7. The Literature of Reunion and Its Discontents
  • 8. The Lost Cause and Causes Not Lost
  • 9. Black Memory and Progress of the Race
  • 10. Fifty Years of Freedom and Reunion
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674008199
Author:
Blight, David W.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
History-Historiography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 halftones
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In this history, Blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, soldiers' reminiscences of battle, the idea of the Lost Cause, the ritual of Memorial Day, and resurrects African-American voices and memories of the war and the efforts to preserve the emancipationist legacy in the midst of a culture built on its denial. 32 halftones.
"Synopsis" by , 2001 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

2002 Lincoln Prize, Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of History

2002 Merle Curti Award in American Social and/or Cultural History and in American Intellectual History, Organization of American Historians

2002 Ellis W. Hawley Prize, Organization of American Historians

Co-Winner, 2002 James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians

2002 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University

Salon The Top 12 Civil War Books Ever Written

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