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Honoring the Civil War dead : commemoration and the problem of reconciliation / John R. Neff.

By: Neff, John R.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Modern war studies: Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2005Description: xiv, 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0700613668 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780700613663 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Monuments | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence | Soldiers' monuments -- United States -- History | Soldiers' monuments -- Southern States -- History | Nationalism -- United States -- History | Nationalism -- Southern States -- History | Reconciliation -- History -- 19th century | Reconciliation -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1933 | Southern States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950Additional physical formats: Online version:: Honoring the Civil War dead.; Online version:: Honoring the Civil War dead.DDC classification: 973.7/6
Contents:
"This mysterious providence" : Americans' initial responses to Civil War death -- "A heroic, eminent death" : the national dimensions of Lincoln's assassination -- "One interminable grave-yard" : northern dominance in the commemoration of the soldier dead -- "Death in a far-off, stranger's land" : southern creation and commemoration -- "Something like a national act" : the uneasy synthesis of American nationalism -- The congregation of the dead.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-315) and index.

"This mysterious providence" : Americans' initial responses to Civil War death -- "A heroic, eminent death" : the national dimensions of Lincoln's assassination -- "One interminable grave-yard" : northern dominance in the commemoration of the soldier dead -- "Death in a far-off, stranger's land" : southern creation and commemoration -- "Something like a national act" : the uneasy synthesis of American nationalism -- The congregation of the dead.

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Neff (Univ. of Mississippi) makes a significant contribution to the growing scholarship on Civil War memory and postwar sectional reconciliation. By focusing on the ways in which northerners and southerners experienced death and burial on Civil War battlefields, and the ways in which those dead were subsequently remembered, Neff makes important observations about how the enormous impact of over 600,000 fatalities transformed US views of death while he complicates conventional interpretations of postwar reconciliation. The author argues that burials, monuments, Decoration Day observances, and other commemorative acts emphasized the close connection between the living and dead, as those left behind sought to ennoble both fallen soldiers' personal sacrifices and the idealized cause for which they died. While many scholars interpret commemorations as helping to ease sectional tensions, Neff convincingly argues that remembering the dead hindered national healing between advocates of the southern "Lost Cause" and the northern "Cause Victorious." Though he might have looked more closely at African Americans' distinctive commemorative practices, Neff uses a wide range of personal, governmental, and organizational papers, periodicals, orations, sermons, and published reminiscences to craft a very readable and thought-provoking analysis. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Kachun Western Michigan University

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