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Causes won, lost, and forgotten : how Hollywood & popular art shape what we know about the Civil War / Gary W. Gallagher.

By: Gallagher, Gary W.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Steven and Janice Brose lectures in the Civil War era: Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2008Description: 274 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780807832066 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807832065 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Motion pictures and the war | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes | War films -- United States -- History and criticism | Historical films -- United States -- History and criticism | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- HistoriographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Causes won, lost, and forgotten.; Online version:: Causes won, lost, and forgotten.DDC classification: 973.7 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
The Civil War generation interprets the conflict -- The Confederate War on film -- Hollywood and the North's Civil War -- The ascendancy of Confederate themes in recent Civil War art.
Summary: Describes how the depiction of the Civil War in motion pictures and works of art distorts the reality of the war, often emphasizing how the South fought for an admirable but hopeless cause and minimizing the Union effort to hold the republic together.
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"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-257) and index.

The Civil War generation interprets the conflict -- The Confederate War on film -- Hollywood and the North's Civil War -- The ascendancy of Confederate themes in recent Civil War art.

Describes how the depiction of the Civil War in motion pictures and works of art distorts the reality of the war, often emphasizing how the South fought for an admirable but hopeless cause and minimizing the Union effort to hold the republic together.

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In 2010, the US will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Gallagher (Univ. of Virginia) examines the treatment of the conflict by Hollywood and popular artists, providing an explanation for why the war remains more present than past in US culture and politics. He explores film and art produced over the last 20 years, a period of renewed interest in the war. Gallagher credits documentarian Ken Burns and his award-winning The Civil War for much of this interest, but the documentary is not one of the works he examines; this is the only flaw in an otherwise important analysis of the Civil War as portrayed by the country's cultural historians--filmmakers and artists. Gallagher argues that there are four interpretative themes that appear in movies, paintings, and sculptures about the war: the lost cause, the union cause, the emancipation cause, and the reconciliation cause. Gallagher notes that it is the union cause that has received the least attention from filmmakers and artists, though it is the continued union of the states that makes the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers meaningful. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. O. Cullen Collin County Community College District

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Gary W Gallagher is a civil war historian with a special interest in the military aspects of the war. He is the author or co-author of several books including Lee and His Generals in War and Memory and The Confederate War. He has also served as President of the Association of Preservation of Civil War sites. He is a professor of history at the University of Virginia. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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