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The Resource American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era, David W. Blight

American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era, David W. Blight

Label
American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era
Title
American oracle
Title remainder
the Civil War in the civil rights era
Statement of responsibility
David W. Blight
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • David Blight takes his readers back to the Civil War's centennial celebration to determine how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation a century earlier. He shows how four of America's most incisive writers--Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin--explored the gulf between remembrance and reality
  • Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, "One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free." He delivered this speech just three years after the Virginia Civil War Commission published a guide proclaiming that "the Centennial is no time for finding fault or placing blame or fighting the issues all over again."David Blight takes his readers back to the centennial celebration to determine how Americans then made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. Amid cold war politics and civil rights protest, four of America's most incisive writers explored the gulf between remembrance and reality. Robert Penn Warren, the southern-reared poet-novelist who recanted his support of segregation; Bruce Catton, the journalist and U.S. Navy officer who became a popular Civil War historian; Edmund Wilson, the century's preeminent literary critic; and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist--each exposed America's triumphalist memory of the war. And each, in his own way, demanded a reckoning with the tragic consequences it spawned. Blight illuminates not only mid-twentieth-century America's sense of itself but also the dynamic, ever-changing nature of Civil War memory. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the war, we have an invaluable perspective on how this conflict continues to shape the country's political debates, national identity, and sense of purpose
Member of
Awards note
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction, 2012.
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blight, David W
Dewey number
973.70072
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
E468.5
LC item number
.B55 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Warren, Robert Penn
  • Catton, Bruce
  • Wilson, Edmund
  • Baldwin, James
  • United States
  • United States
  • Baldwin, James
  • Catton, Bruce
  • Warren, Robert Penn
  • Wilson, Edmund
  • HISTORY
  • United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Historiography
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • United States
  • Regions & Countries - Americas
  • History & Archaeology
  • United States - General
Label
American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era, David W. Blight
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Prologue. "Five Score Years Ago"
  • Chapter one. "Gods and Devils Aplenty"
  • Chapter two. A Formula for Enjoying the War
  • Chapter three. "Lincoln and Lee and All That"
  • Chapter four. "This Country Is My Subject"
  • Epilogue. "The Wisdom of Tragedy"
Control code
758390031
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (314 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674062702
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674062702
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f3tdb
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)758390031
Label
American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era, David W. Blight
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Prologue. "Five Score Years Ago"
  • Chapter one. "Gods and Devils Aplenty"
  • Chapter two. A Formula for Enjoying the War
  • Chapter three. "Lincoln and Lee and All That"
  • Chapter four. "This Country Is My Subject"
  • Epilogue. "The Wisdom of Tragedy"
Control code
758390031
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (314 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674062702
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674062702
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f3tdb
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)758390031

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