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North over South : northern nationalism and American identity in the antebellum era / Susan-Mary Grant.

By: Grant, Susan-Mary.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2000Description: xiii, 250 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0700610251 (cl. : alk. paper); 9780700610259 (cl. : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- Politics and government -- 1849-1861 | Northeastern States -- Politics and government -- 19th century | Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Sectionalism (United States) -- History -- 19th century | National characteristics, American | Political culture -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- Civilization -- 1775-1865 -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- Description and travel | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- CausesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: North over South.; Online version:: North over South.DDC classification: 973.5 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Myths and Memories The Idea of the South and the Development of American Nationalism -- A World Apart, The Romance and Reality of the South -- One and Inseparable? The North, the South, and the Nation -- Firsthand Impressions, Northern Travelers in the South -- Representative Mann, The Republican Experiment and the South -- When Is a Nation Not a Nation? The Crisis of American Nationality -- Epilogue: From Hell to Holy, The Civil War and the Fulfillment of American Nationality -- Newspapers and Periodicals, Selection and Assessment Methodology.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-241) and index.

Myths and Memories The Idea of the South and the Development of American Nationalism -- A World Apart, The Romance and Reality of the South -- One and Inseparable? The North, the South, and the Nation -- Firsthand Impressions, Northern Travelers in the South -- Representative Mann, The Republican Experiment and the South -- When Is a Nation Not a Nation? The Crisis of American Nationality -- Epilogue: From Hell to Holy, The Civil War and the Fulfillment of American Nationality -- Newspapers and Periodicals, Selection and Assessment Methodology.

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Library Journal Review

Generations of American historians have analyzed Southern nationalism as a major causative factor in the coming of the Civil War. Now British historian Grant (U.S. history, Univ. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) offers an original and controversial interpretation: she postulates that a series of often conflicting ideological forces were at work that made Northern nationalism an equally potent force in the development of the American character during the antebellum period. In this thought-provoking, intellectual historical examination, Grant focuses on what Northerners thought about the South and how their beliefs created a distinct outlook based on opposition to things Southern. Relying heavily on primary sources, she includes attitudes toward the South by molders of public opinion such as politicians, writers, travelers, and educators, analyzing why both positive and negative images of the South existed in the antebellum Northern mind, particularly within the nascent Republican Party. According to Grant, "It became obvious that northerners were increasingly using the South to define, first, a northern ideology and second, an American identity." The South was therefore excluded from the full process of American national identity construction. This truly original and controversial study is recommended for academic libraries and large public Civil War collections.ÄCharles C. Hay III, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Libs., Richmond (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This slender volume revisits the question of American nationalism in the first half of the 19th century, building on and occasionally challenging earlier efforts by historians such as Fred Somkin and William R. Taylor. Grant draws on elite opinion, chiefly from literary and political figures, to develop a thesis that Northerners were in many ways as responsible as Southerners for sectional tensions between 1820 and 1860. Northerners developed their own brand of nationalism, and the volume explores that development in the context of theories of nationalism. It outlines the Northern critique of the South and how it intensified during the 1840s, examines reactions of Northerners who traveled throughout the South, and weighs the impact of the Fugitive Slave Act and violence in Kansas on Northern attitudes. The sources largely emphasize conservative publications, and there is an informative appendix on 19th-century newspapers and magazines as well as an extensive bibliography. This volume is a useful addition to the large literature on the topic and is readily accessible to undergraduates. J. Andrew; Franklin and Marshall College

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Susan-Mary Grant is a lecturer in U.S. history at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and cofounder of British American Nineteenth Century Historians

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