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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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The Politics of Manhood and Womanhood, 1865–1870

The Politics of Manhood and Womanhood, 1865–1870

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Cities of the Dead

William A. Blair

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Southern women's roles in Civil War commemorations. The Cities of the Dead created by women provided a means for rebel resistance to continue in a form of guerrilla warfare through mourning, without threatening the broader contours of male–female relations. Southern white women determined the content of ceremonies, mobilized men to collect and rebury the dead, and raised funds for all of these concerns. Their efforts earned them the recognition of many southerners as providing the occasions that kept the Confederate past alive. By performing their job as caretakers of men, alive or dead, Southern women also helped fashion public rituals that sorted out new ideas about men and women.

Keywords:   Civil War, commemorations, Southern white women, public rituals

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