Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. vii-xii

While I was revising the lectures that would become the basis for this book and my visit to Mercer University in October 2012, I was living on the coast of California, about 120 miles north of San Francisco. It was summer, not a summer of the Deep or the Middle South that I knew but a summer of Sonoma County, California, which I had not known...

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CHAPTER ONE: Remembering the Civil War in the Era of Race Suicide

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pp. 1-27

We use personal and collective memory of the past to help us negotiate the present, to determine who we are by reminding ourselves of who we have been. And those who study both types of memory tell us that we are used by these negotiations as much as we use them. My focus here is what can be referred to as collective, civic, or ritualized...

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CHAPTER TWO: The Last Living Memory

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pp. 28-58

Over fifty- three thousand veterans of the Civil War registered to attend the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1913. Twenty- five years later, in 1938 at the seventy-fifth reunion of the armies who fought at Gettsyburg, approximately 2,000 of the 8,000 to 10,000 living Civil War veterans...

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CHAPTER THREE: The Civil War and Its Afterlife

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pp. 59-94

In the first volume of Will Shetterly and Vince Stone’s Captain Confederacy (2007), the eponymous superhero is a strapping blond hunk in tights, with the Confederate battle flag stretched across his rippling pectorals. He looks like a pickup truck in red, white, and blue spandex. His partner is blonde and buxom Miss Dixie, a Confederate...

Notes

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pp. 95-106

Index

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pp. 107-109