The American Civil War Remembered in the South

History is in the news all this spring as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War approaches.  The New York Times is running an almost daily series of blog posts on the 150th anniversary, entitled Disunion, and numerous other news media are running stories.

Today, there is a story about the construction of historical memory of the American Civil War in Southern museums.  This is a subject that has been well researched by academic historians and discussed by popular writers on the Civil War, but this article provides a nice introduction to the complex productions of historical memory of the war in Southern culture.

Students in my HIST 390 War in Film course have been grappling with these issues as we analyze American Civil War films such as Gone with the Wind and Glory.


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1 Response to The American Civil War Remembered in the South

  1. Bob Fulton says:

    This is one of your posts that I missed, but the Times certainly has been busy. You could spend your entire summer reading all of this topics articles since they began. It is interesting that they use the term “Disunion” to describe their series. I am reading an excellently researched book with the same title by Elizabeth Varon (professor of History at Univ of VA). She is arguing that the rhetoric of “disunion” was a significant driver behind the debates and disruptions associated with pre-civil war governance. It is an interesting premise, and she seems to support her arguments effectively. You will forgive me for reading something this far out of my focus, but I do need to eventually be able to teach something other than early modern French history 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for alerting us to this series.

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