A Late Encounter with the Civil War (Mercer University Lamar by Michael Kreyling

By Michael Kreyling

In A past due come upon with the Civil War, Michael Kreyling confronts the altering nature of our courting to the anniversary of the battle that just about cut up the us. while major anniversaries arrive within the histories of teams resembling households, companies, or countries, their participants put aside time to officially have in mind their shared previous. This phenomenon—this social or collective memory—reveals as a lot a few group’s feel of position within the current because it does concerning the occasions of the earlier. So it's with the Civil War.

As a country, we've got officially remembered Civil warfare anniversaries, the fiftieth and a hundredth. we're now within the advanced strategy of remembering the struggle 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 diverse now, and never simply as the president in place of work for the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary represents a member of the race for whose emancipation from slavery the conflict was once waged.

These essays discover the unsleeping and subconscious mechanisms in which every one period has staged, written, and thought of the that means of the Civil struggle. Kreyling engages the not-quite-conscious agendas at paintings within the rituals of remembering via fiction, movie, image novels, and different kinds of expression. every 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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