Not even past : the stories we keep telling about the Civil War /

How the Civil War endures in American life through literature and culture. The American Civil War lives on in our collective imagination like few other events. The story of the war has been retold in countless films, novels, poems, memoirs, plays, sculptures and monuments. Often remembered as an ema...

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Main Author: Marrs, Cody (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2020].
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505 0 |a A Family Squabble -- A Dark and Cruel War -- The Lost Cause -- The Great Emancipation -- Afterword: Recent and Future Civil Wars. 
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520 |a How the Civil War endures in American life through literature and culture. The American Civil War lives on in our collective imagination like few other events. The story of the war has been retold in countless films, novels, poems, memoirs, plays, sculptures and monuments. Often remembered as an emancipatory struggle, as an attempt to destroy slavery in America now and forever, it is also memorialized as a fight for Southern independence, as a fratricide that divided the national family and as a dark, cruel conflict defined by its brutality. What do these stories, myths and rumors have in common, and what do they teach us about modern America? In this fascinating book, Cody Marrs reveals how these narratives evolved over time and why they acquired such lasting power. Marrs addresses an eclectic range of texts, traditions and creators, from Walt Whitman, Abram Ryan and Abraham Lincoln to Margaret Mitchell, D. W. Griffith and W. E. B. Du Bois. He also identifies several basic plots about the Civil War that anchor public memory and continually compete for cultural primacy. In other words, from the perspective of American cultural memory, there is no single Civil War. Whether they fill us with elation or terror, whether they side with the North or the South, whether they come from the 1860s, the 1960s or today, these stories all make one thing vividly clear. The Civil War is an ongoing conflict, persisting not merely as a cultural touchstone but as an unresolved struggle through which Americans inevitably define themselves. A timely, evocative and beautifully written book, Not Even Past is essential reading for anyone interested in the Civil War and its role in American history. 
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