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Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era) Hardcover – June 3, 2013
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Janney emphasizes, as do other scholars of remembrance, that the memory of Civil War and Reconstruction was not merely an exercise in nostalgia. Rather, these memories had major policy implications.--American Historical Review
This perceptive study should caution those who have embraced the reconciliationist interpretation to proceed with discernment.--Civil War Monitor
Well-researched and compellingly written. . . . will appeal to a lay audience.--H-Net Reviews
Splendidly written. . . . Recommended. All levels/libraries."
Remembering the Civil War offers important insights and demonstrates without a doubt that memory studies are far from exhausted. Whether a readership beyond the academy that continues to embrace reconciliation--as evidenced by the ongoing Civil War 150th commemoration--has yet to be seen.--Virginia Magazine
Whether traversing familiar or unfamiliar ground, Janney writes elegantly and with impressive command of her subject. Remembering the Civil War now takes its place as the best single work on the memory of the Civil War. --W. Fitzhugh Brundage, in the Journal of Southern History
Remembering the Civil War is a remarkable achievement. The volume's chronological breadth, persuasive arguments, and diversity of perspective deliver an engaging read and promise its historiographical longevity.--Georgia Historical Quarterly
A beautifully written and superbly researched book.--Public Historian
The first comprehensive reassessment of Civil War memory.--West Virginia History
Janney has significantly extended our understanding of memory and reconciliation (or lack thereof) and the anger and pain associated with forgiveness that resonated from the most cataclysmic event in U.S. history.--Journal of American History
A landmark study. . . . Certain to be a standard-bearer in the field of Civil War memory for the foreseeable future.--Indiana Magazine of History
A book that will be useful to scholars and casual readers for many years to come.--Civil War Book Review
It deserves its place as a leading work in the historiography on war and memory.--North Carolina Historical Review
[This] revisionist study argues that the Lost Cause mythology and rush to reconciliation was much less pervasive than previously thought.--Civil War Times
With this beautifully written, deeply researched book, Caroline E. Janney has produced a magisterial survey of Civil War memory and memorialization that will surely be the standard volume for students, scholars, and interested readers to consult for years to come.--Joan Waugh, author of U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth
Thought-provoking. Janney engages with the important question of just how prevalent the culture of reconciliation was when it came to understanding the meaning and legacy of the Civil War.--Nina Silber, Boston University
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