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This War Ain't OverFighting the Civil War in New Deal America$
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Nina Silber

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469646541

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.001.0001

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The Civil War at the Dawn of the Great Depression

The Civil War at the Dawn of the Great Depression

(p.9) 1 The Civil War at the Dawn of the Great Depression
This War Ain't Over

Nina Silber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores why and how the Great Depression prompted Americans to look back at the US Civil War while also considering the type of Civil War memory Americans inherited from the 1920s. That memory continued to be slanted toward romantic stories of reconciliation and sentimental reflections on the Lost Cause, although some new influences – specifically the rise of modernism and a more visible and militant African American presence in art and politics – were also beginning to reshape the memory of the war.

Keywords:   Great Depression, Civil War memory, Southern Agrarians, Reconciliation, D.W. Griffith, Claude Bowers, Stephen Vincent Benet, Harlem Renaissance

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