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Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State - Civil War America (Hardback)
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Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State - Civil War America (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/12/2010
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Historian E. Merton Coulter famously said that Kentucky ""waited until after the war was over to secede from the Union."" In this fresh study, Anne E. Marshall traces the development of a Confederate identity in Kentucky between 1865 and 1925 that belied the fact that Kentucky never left the Union and that more Kentuckians fought for the North than for the South. Following the Civil War, the people of Kentucky appeared to forget their Union loyalties, embracing the Democratic politics, racial violence, and Jim Crow laws associated with formerly Confederate states. Although, on the surface, white Confederate memory appeared to dominate the historical landscape of postwar Kentucky, Marshall's closer look reveals an active political and cultural dialogue that included white Unionists, Confederate Kentuckians, and the state's African Americans, who, from the last days of the war, drew on Union victory and their part in winning it to lay claim to the fruits of freedom and citizenship. Rather than focusing exclusively on postwar political and economic factors, Creating a Confederate Kentucky looks over the longer term at Kentuckians' activities--public memorial ceremonies, dedications of monuments, and veterans organizations' events--by which they commemorated the Civil War and fixed the state's remembrance of it for sixty years following the conflict. |Marshall traces the development of a Confederate identity in Kentucky between 1865 and 1925 that belied the fact that Kentucky never left the Union and that more Kentuckians fought for the North than for the South. Following the Civil War, the people of Kentucky appeared to forget their Union loyalties, embracing the Democratic politics, racial violence, and Jim Crow laws associated with formerly Confederate states.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807834367
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An intelligent narrative. . . . The author writes well and is easy to read. . . . A valuable and serious history of the development of Confederate memory in Kentucky and in America. . . . An excellent book for any student of Reconstruction, the process of reconciliation or the years after the Civil War.--TOCWOC: A Civil War Blog


Marshall's book is beautifully written and truly a pleasure to read.--Journal of Southern History


An interesting, informative book. It helps clarify the experiences of many of us who grew up in Kentucky. . . . The book has set a new standard.--The Kentucky Civil War Bugle


Examines all sides of Kentucky's Union-Confederate postwar dialogue. . . . [A] thoughtful, carefully researched and plausibly presented historical study, illustrated with a handful of vintage black-and-white photographs. Highly recommended.--Midwest Book Review


Marshall has crafted an easily read, easily comprehensible scholarly volume. Recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice


By enriching our understanding of the ways Confederate Kentuckians, white Unionists, and African Americans interpreted the state's participation in the Civil War, Marshall also sheds significant light on the processes through which competing interests claim ownership of history.--The Journal of American History


Marshall has illuminated an important and understudied aspect of how a border region simultaneously departed from and reflected broader patterns of memory. Marshall's excellent study will refine our understanding of how contested and unpredictable memory was and continues to be.--The American Historical Review


Rather than focusing exclusively on postwar political and economic factors, Creating a Confederate Kentucky looks over the longer term at Kentuckians' activities . . . by which they commemorated the Civil War and fixed the state's remembrance of it for sixty years following the conflict. . . . Will be a nice addition to your Confederate/Kentucky library shelf. . . . Excellent.--Lone Star Book Review


Ideal for a range of scholars . . . . A pleasure to read.-- Journal of Historical Geography


A must read for all Civil War historians.--Journal of NC Association of Historians


Marshall's book is a good read, and it will be of much interest to those seeking a better understanding not only of Kentucky's key role in the 1860s, but also of how all of us have remembered the war ever since.--Blue & Gray Magazine


Anne Marshall's Creating a Confederate Kentucky alters the entire field of Civil War memory study....[It] is a masterful work of scholarship. Its prose is lucid; its research is thorough; and its interpretative power is truly ground-breaking.--Civil War Book Review


An excellent book: tightly argued, richly detailed, and elegantly written. It is a model of what a state study can do, showing the importance of not just race, but also place, to the story of the Lost Cause.--Civil War Monitor


Creating a Confederate Kentucky is a welcome addition to the study of post-Civil War Kentucky. . . . Those who teach the history of Kentucky and of the Civil War and Reconstruction will find this book a valuable addition to their reading lists.--Journal of the Civil War Era

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