Remixing the Civil War

Remixing the Civil War

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In his book The Legacy of the Civil War, Robert Penn Warren remarked that qthe Civil War is, for the American imagination, the great single event of our history.q This volume reconsiders whether, fifty years later, Warren's influential claim still holds true. Essays from scholars in art, literature, and history examine how the Civil War is represented and interpreted in contemporary culture. They look at the works of more than thirty artists and writers as well as multiple political movements to reveal the many and provocative ways in which Americans engage the Civil War today, including chapters on the importance of Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, controversies over the Confederate flag, and the proliferation of qJuneteenthq observances. Special attention is paid to the works of African Americans and white southerners, for whom the Civil War was a revolutionary and defining moment. Such prominent scholars as Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Kirk Savage, and Elizabeth Young explore the works of major artists and less well-known figures, including Bobbie Ann Mason, Kara Walker, Dario Robleto, and John Huddleston. The authors repeatedly find that Americans today openly and playfully manipulate familiar images of the Civil War to explore the malleability of traditional social categories such as national identity, gender, and race. With the sesquicentennial of the Civil War upon us, this collection continues the conversation Warren began fifty years ago, albeit in unorthodox and challenging ways, to offer fresh and stimulating perspectives on the war's presence in the collective imagination of the nation.... of the patently unconstitutional statute and furnish a forum for further challenge to the Confederate aegis.18 Without the benefit of the legal, ritual, ... prominently featured a Dodge Charger nicknamed a€œGeneral Leea€ and emblazoned on the roof with the southern cross. The consumer foundations of the Confederate battle flag in the latetwentieth-century controversy were epitomized by the most prominentanbsp;...

Title:Remixing the Civil War
Author:Thomas J. Brown
Publisher:JHU Press - 2011-11-10


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