Historian Caroline Janney, President of the Society of Civil War Historians, will be speaking at Miami Hamilton on Sept 30th 7:30PM in Wilks Conference Center. The title of her speech is “Reconciling and Reuniting the Nation: How Americans Have Remembered the Civil War.” More info on her talk is here. Janney’s most recent book is titled “Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation,” Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2013.
Here are some recently published books in our collection that tie in with Janney’s talk.
Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America, by James Marten. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
“After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered–or struggled to reenter–the lives and communities they had left behind. In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century’s “Greatest Generation” attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by nonveterans.” ~ Publisher blurb.
Reconstructing Appalachia : the Civil War’s Aftermath. Andrew L. Slap, Gordon B. McKinney. (eds.) University of Kentucky Press, 2010.
“The essays describe racial 13 essays on the effects of the Civil War on the land and people of the diverse communities of Appalachia (including Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) and the reconstruction of these communities after the war. reconciliation, tension between former Unionists and Confederates, violence, destruction caused by the armies, the Ku Klux Klan, economic development, the evolution of post-Civil War memory, stereotypes of Appalachia, and alterations in the perceptions of race, gender, and economic status. Women’s lives changed, African Americans had new freedoms, and the region faced economic collapse in former slave-holding states and rapid industrialization and urbanization that threatened traditional ways of living and depleted natural resources and the environment.” Book News, 2011. www.booknews.com