Reviews253 strenuous physical reenactment of past military life. Cullen backs away, however, from sustained analysis of this rich material. Do most of these reenactors, for instance, have Civil War ancestors, as does his principal informant? Moreover, do significant differences exist between reenactors in the South and the North? The author's essay leaves us wanting more in-depth analysis of how popular, academic, official, personal, and family histories of the Civil War intersect in particular places and at particular times. The Civil War in Popular Culture offers a superb introduction to the variety of Civil War histories possible in American life. It also explains why a particular version of the war seems prevalent among a specific group at a certain time. Perhaps the book's greatest value lies in its comparison of the world of professional historians with the world of popular culture entrepreneurs and reenactors. For Cullen, the battle of most interest is not the one between the North and the South, but rather the one between the conventions of the pro- fession of history and the manner in which Americans choose to represent their past. An Evening When Alone: Four Journals of Single Women in the South, 1827-67. Edited
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1996
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