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Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America

Thomas J. Brown


This sweeping new assessment of Civil War monuments unveiled in the United States between the 1860s and 1930s argues that they were pivotal to a national embrace of military values. Americans' wariness of standing armies limited construction of war memorials in the early republic, Thomas J. Brown explains, and continued to influence commemoration after the Civil War. As large cities and small towns across the North and South installed an astonishing range of statues, memorial halls, and other sculptural and architectural tributes to Civil War heroes, communities debated the relationship of mil ... More

Keywords: civic landscape, commemoration, Gilded Age, military service, race relations, sculpture, veterans, war memorial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653747
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Brown, author
University of South Carolina