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By W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Because the Civil struggle whites and blacks have struggled over the meanings and makes use of of the Southern previous. certainly, latest controversies over flying the accomplice flag, renaming colleges and streets, and commemorating the Civil warfare and the civil rights circulate are just the most recent examples of this ongoing divisive contest over problems with nearby id and background. The Southern earlier argues that those battles are finally approximately who has the ability to figure out what we have in mind of the earlier, and no matter if that remembrance will honor all Southerners or simply pick out teams. For greater than a century after the Civil struggle, elite white Southerners systematically sophisticated a model of the earlier that sanctioned their racial privilege and gear. within the approach, they stuffed public areas with museums and monuments that made their model of the earlier sacrosanct. but, at the same time segregation and racial discrimination worsened, blacks contested the white model of Southern background and demanded inclusion. Streets grew to become websites for complex commemorations of emancipation and colleges turned facilities for the research of black background. This counter-memory surged forth, and have become a effective notion for the civil rights flow and the black fight to proportion a typical Southern earlier instead of a divided one. W. Fitzhugh Brundage's searing exploration of the way those that have the political energy to symbolize the prior concurrently form the current and ensure the long run is a worthwhile lesson as we confront our nationwide earlier to satisfy the problem of present realities. (20051023)

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Moffitt with an opportunity to vent her frustration over the inattention to white women’s historical contributions. “This daring and heroic stand, so interesting and ever so fascinating[—]the wonder is that it has not held a place on the page of every revolutionary history. ” White women even refused to concede the Confederate spotlight entirely to men. Speaking before a 1900 Confederate reunion, Lizzie Pollard announced on behalf of Confederate women, “Many of us are veterans, veterans as much as the gray, battle scarred old soldiers, tho’ we bided at home.

S. landscape in the late nineteenth century. 5 million to nearly $4 million per annum, the largest single appropriation for historical commemoration between 1900 and 1915 was $14,654 for the Women of the Confederacy monument in Jacksonville. 8 Throughout the nineteenth century, state governments abjured responsibility over historical memory because it fell within that area of the public realm where their authority ended and the traditional authority of home and church began. It was precisely in this cultural space that voluntary associations held sway.

Although regional identities endured and even appeared to strengthen in late nineteenth-century Britain, both state aid and royal patronage tethered these provincial ex- A Duty Peculiarly Fitting to Women 17 pressions of memory to a larger national and imperial project. Even in Germany, where civic associations remained instrumental in promoting national monuments and celebrations through the 1870s, the reign of William II at the end of the century was marked by ostentatious public works, monuments, and rituals in which the emperor himself played a prominent role.

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