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Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South

Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle


After the Civil War, the South was divided into five military districts occupied by Union forces. Out of these regions, a remarkable group of writers emerged. Experiencing the long-lasting ramifications of Reconstruction firsthand, many of these writers sought to translate the era’s promise into practice. In fiction, newspaper journalism, and other forms of literature, authors including George Washington Cable, Albion Tourgee, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Octave Thanet imagined a new South in which freedpeople could prosper as citizens with agency. Radically re-envisioning the role of women ... More

Keywords: literary history, Reconstruction literature, Civil War, military districts, Union, freedpeople, South, writers, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469621074
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle, author