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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's Remembering the Civil War is an ambitious book that makes a bold argument, taking on the dominant themes in the growing historical field of Civil War memory.--Annals of Iowa



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

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By making the crucial distinction between reunion and reconciliation, Janney offers a bold and persuasive reinterpretation of the Civil War's aftermath and its legacy. Reunion, the North's primary war aim and the fruits of its victory, came swiftly. But reconciliation--true sectional harmony and a spirit of mutual forgiveness--ran aground again and again on the shoals of pride, grief, and politics. Survivors of the war, soldiers and civilians, persisted in their principles, and in their bitter memories, and Janney skillfully maps their prolonged contest over the war's meaning.--Elizabeth R. Varon, University of Virginia



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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Product Details

  • Series: Littlefield History of the Civil War Era
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (June 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469607069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469607061
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you look through material on the end of the Civil War, usually there will be a coda showing clasping of hands between former enemies at one of the reunions on the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and for many people this vision of reunion is the what they know about how the nation reacted and tried to "heal" in the years following Appomattox. Many people, especially the federal government seemed to want that vision of reconciliation to dominate and endure. The truth, however, was different. Caroline Janney delves into the more complex truth of the era between the Civil War and the subsequent 50 plus years afterwards. Recent scholarship has taken a harder look at how we remember the war and how the memories were shaped, rewritten and nudged into the still fractured message we hear today. Most notable among these is David Blight's "Race and Reunion" which Janney uses as a launching point for several chapters. But she goes beyond this work, and others, to try and mine new understandings of remembrance. The subtitle is "Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation" and this nicely summarizes her thesis - contrary to what many authors have written, the postwar era say reunion, but for many who lived through the era there was no ground for reconciliation. That the nation would, as far as they are concerned, remain two nations, grudgingly, made one again. Janney looks at various schools of thought on the war - emancipation and union, lost cause, slavery - and looks at how the message and actions of participants helped form, and belie the message of the Civil War. If the adage is that "history is written by the victors" the south tried it's best to make sure this didn't happen.Read more ›
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This insightful volume contains a wealth of information, but the text nevertheless keeps moving and therefore retains a high interest level for a truly complex topic. Ms. Janney has provided a deepened understanding not only of post-civil war America, but makes it clear that true, heart-felt reconciliation was a nearly impossible task.
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Good book. Helped with college course research paper.
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Fantastic book! Janney truly captures the great divide between the North and South in post reconstruction america. Would love to read this book again.
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Haven't read it yet but have looked it over and it looks and from what I've have spot read it sound great.
Looking forward to reading.
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