Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among by M. Keith Harris

By M. Keith Harris

Long after the Civil battle ended, one clash raged on: the conflict to outline and form the war's legacy. Across the Bloody Chasm deftly examines Civil battle veterans' commemorative efforts and the concomitant -- and occasionally conflicting -- circulate for reconciliation.

Though former squaddies from either side of the struggle celebrated the background and values of the newly reunited the US, a deep divide remained among humans within the North and South as to how the country's previous will be remembered and the nation's beliefs commemorated. Union squaddies couldn't omit that their southern opposite numbers had taken up palms opposed to them, whereas Confederates maintained that the rules of states' rights and freedom from tyranny aligned with the ideals and intentions of the founding fathers. accomplice infantrymen additionally challenged northern claims of an ethical victory, insisting that slavery had now not been the reason for the battle, and ferociously resisting the imposition of postwar racial regulations. M. Keith Har-ris argues that even if veterans remained dedicated to reconciliation, the sectional sensibilities that stimulated the reminiscence of the conflict left the North and South faraway from a significant accord.

Harris's masterful research of veteran reminiscence assesses the ideological commitments of a iteration of former squaddies, weaving their tales into the bigger narrative of the method of nationwide reunification. via regimental histories, speeches at veterans' gatherings, monument dedications, and conflict narratives, Harris uncovers how veterans from either side stored the deadliest struggle in American background alive in reminiscence at a time whilst the state appeared made up our minds to maneuver past conflict.

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