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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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You Must Remember This

You Must Remember This

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(p.155) 6 You Must Remember This
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This War Ain't Over
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Nina Silber

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.003.0007

In the lead up to World War II, and in the course of the war itself, memories of the Civil War were deployed once again. This time, the war, the fight against slavery, and Lincoln in particular, assumed noteworthy prominence, reminding Americans of the importance of fighting a just and moral war. However, this created a challenging rhetorical environment for cementing a united homefront – including both white southerners and African Americans. White southerners, like Douglas Freeman, tried to keep Confederates prominent in the Civil War narrative, while black Americans used the new emphasis on Lincoln to talk about racial oppression at home and abroad. An anti-communist backlash, in the end, helped silence voices that focused on problems of racial oppression.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, World War II, Slavery, Fascism, Casablanca, Communists, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Tennessee Johnson

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