Sunday, February 14, 2010

"Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1861-1965" by Robert J. Cook

I recommend very much reading Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965 by Robert J. Cook, Louisiana Statue University Press, 2007.

The book discusses how different groups contested for the memory of the Civil War. How Civil War historians tried to avoid the issue of race and the Civil War and have the Civil War remembrance be largely a "brothers' war." He tells how others fought this interpretation and how the remembrance of the Civil War was impacted by the news events of the Civil Rights movement.

Also detailed is how segregationists interpreted the Confederacy and the Civil War to defend segregation.

I think people need to consider how the neo-Confederate movement will impact the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The author is also one of the co-signers to the 2010 letter to President Obama.
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