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North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction$
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Paul D. Escott

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832226

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837269_escott

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To Do Justice to North Carolina: The War's End according to Cornelia Phillips Spencer, Zebulon B. Vance, and David L. Swain

To Do Justice to North Carolina: The War's End according to Cornelia Phillips Spencer, Zebulon B. Vance, and David L. Swain

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(p.129) To Do Justice to North Carolina: The War's End according to Cornelia Phillips Spencer, Zebulon B. Vance, and David L. Swain
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North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction
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John C. Inscoe

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DOI:10.5149/9780807837269_escott.8

This chapter begins with a discussion of Patriotic Gore, Edmund Wilson's classic study of the literature of the Civil War, in which he asked, “Has there ever been another historical crisis of the magnitude of 1861–65 in which so many people were so articulate?” Wilson went on to muse that “the drama has already been staged by characters who have written their own parts; and the peculiar fascination of this literature which leads one to go on and on reading it is rather like that of [Robert] Browning's The Ring and the Book, in which the same story is told from the points of view of nine different persons.”

Keywords:   Patriotic Gore, Edmund Wilson, classic study, Civil War, historical crisis

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