Haunted by atrocity : Civil War prisons in American memory / Benjamin G. Cloyd.
By: Cloyd, Benjamin G.Material type: TextSeries: Making the modern South: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2010Description: xii, 251 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780807136416 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807136417 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Atrocities | Military prisons -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Military prisons -- Confederate States of America -- History | Prisoners of war -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Prisoners of war -- Confederate States of America | Memory -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 973.7/71
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"Our souls are filled with unutterable anguish" : atrocity and the origins of divisive memory, 1861-1865 -- "Remember Andersonville" : recrimination during Reconstruction, 1865-1877 -- "This nation cannot afford to forget" : contesting the memory of suffering, 1877-1898 -- "We are the living witnesses" : the limitations of reconciliation, 1898-1914 -- "A more proper perspective" : objectivity in the shadow of twentieth-century war, 1914-1960 -- "Better to take advantage of outsiders' curiosity" : the consumption of objective memory, 1960-present -- "The task of history is never done" : Andersonville National Historic Site, the national POW museum, and the triumph of patriotic memory.
The first study of Civil War memory to focus exclusively on the military prison camps, Haunted by Atrocity offers a cautionary tale of how Americans, for generations, have unconsciously constructed their recollections of painful events in ways that protect cherished ideals of myth, meaning, identity, and, ultimately, a deeply rooted faith in American exceptionalism.
Includes bibliographical references and index.