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A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 - Civil War America (Paperback)
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A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 - Civil War America (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 30/08/2007
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Historians often assert that Confederate nationalism had its origins in pre-Civil War sectional conflict with the North, reached its apex at the start of the war, and then dropped off quickly after the end of hostilities. Anne Sarah Rubin argues instead that white Southerners did not actually begin to formulate a national identity until it became evident that the Confederacy was destined to fight a lengthy war against the Union. She also demonstrates that an attachment to a symbolic or sentimental Confederacy existed independent of the political Confederacy and was therefore able to persist well after the collapse of the Confederate state. White Southerners redefined symbols and figures of the failed state as emotional touchstones and political rallying points in the struggle to retain local (and racial) control, Rubin argues, even as former Confederates took the loyalty oath and applied for pardons in droves.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807855928
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A rich portrait.

Drew Gilpin Faust, author of "Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War"


This important new study makes a strong and persuasive case.

James M. McPherson, Princeton University


"Rubin's study provides valuable contributions to understanding the creation of the Confederate identity."
-- "The Courier"
"A comprehensive discussion of the ideas and feelings of supporters of the Confederacy during the Civil War and Reconstruction."
-- "American Historical Review"
"A sophisticated explication of the creation, manifestation, adaptation, and persistence of Confederate nationalism."
-- "The North Carolina Historical Review"

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