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By Michael Kreyling

ISBN-10: 0820346195

ISBN-13: 9780820346199

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In A overdue come across with the Civil War, Michael Kreyling confronts the altering nature of our courting to the anniversary of the warfare that almost cut up the us. whilst major anniversaries arrive within the histories of teams comparable to households, companies, or countries, their individuals put aside time to officially bear in mind their shared prior. This phenomenon—this social or collective memory—reveals as a lot a few group’s feel of position within the current because it does in regards to the occasions of the previous. So it's with the Civil War.

As a state, we've officially remembered Civil warfare anniversaries, the fiftieth and one centesimal. we're now within the advanced technique of remembering the battle for a 3rd time. Kreyling reminds us that we have been a distinct “we” for every of the sooner commemorations, and that “we” are definitely diversified now, and never merely as the president in place of work for the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary represents a member of the race for whose emancipation from slavery the battle used to be waged.

These essays discover the awake and subconscious mechanisms in which every one period has staged, written, and considered the which means of the Civil conflict. Kreyling engages the not-quite-conscious agendas at paintings within the rituals of remembering via fiction, movie, photograph novels, and different kinds of expression. each one cultural instance wrestles with the present burden of remembering: What are we trying to do with a reminiscence that, to many, turns out beside the point or to date long ago as to be virtually irretrievable?

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