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Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914

William A. Blair


Exploring the history of Civil War commemorations from both sides of the color line, this book places the development of memorial holidays, Emancipation Day celebrations, and other remembrances in the context of Reconstruction politics and race relations in the South. The author's grassroots examination of these civic rituals demonstrates that the politics of commemoration remained far more contentious than has been previously acknowledged. Commemorations by ex-Confederates were intended at first to maintain a separate identity from the U.S. government, he argues, not as a vehicle for promotin ... More

Keywords: Civil War, color line, commemorations, memorial holidays, Emancipation Day, Reconstruction politics, race relations, burial grounds, African Americans, freedom celebrations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807828960
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876237_blair


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Blair, author