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Cities of the DeadContesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914$
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William A. Blair

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828960

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876237_blair

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He Commemorative Landscape Before The civil war

He Commemorative Landscape Before The civil war

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Cities of the Dead
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William A. Blair

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876237_blair.5

This chapter discusses civic rituals before the Civil War. The streets offered an important venue for ceremonies in the colonial through antebellum period, including popular disorders, festivals, and organized political behavior. Persons living in those times understood that these displays reinforced the nature of authority. They were, as scholars have argued, not simply reflections of social behavior but an active means of practicing politics.

Keywords:   civic rituals, civic celebrations, social behavior, politics

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