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Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865 by Robert J. Cook (review)

Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865 by Robert J. Cook (review) robert mccolley, professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, is the author recently of “The Treaty of Ghent,” in The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812, ed. Donald R. Hickey and Connie D. Clark (Routledge, 2016). Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865. By Robert J. Cook. (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. 288. Paper, $24.95.) Few people could have predicted the pace at which Confederate ico- nography, including battle flags and monuments, have been removed from public spaces following the murder of nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in June 2015. The toppling of Confederate icons such as Lee, Jackson, Davis, and Forrest constitutes the most sustained challenge to the Lost Cause narrative since its emergence in the years following the Civil War. Robert J. Cook’s Civil War Memories tracks this long and contentious story of the nation’s strug- gle to come to terms with the legacy of the war. The book is organized into two parts and structured chronologically around four narrative themes. Cook’s distinction between the Lost Cause, Unionist, emancipationist, and “reconciliatory” narratives that developed in the thirty http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865 by Robert J. Cook (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 8 (4) – Dec 3, 2018

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robert mccolley, professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, is the author recently of “The Treaty of Ghent,” in The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812, ed. Donald R. Hickey and Connie D. Clark (Routledge, 2016). Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865. By Robert J. Cook. (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. 288. Paper, $24.95.) Few people could have predicted the pace at which Confederate ico- nography, including battle flags and monuments, have been removed from public spaces following the murder of nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in June 2015. The toppling of Confederate icons such as Lee, Jackson, Davis, and Forrest constitutes the most sustained challenge to the Lost Cause narrative since its emergence in the years following the Civil War. Robert J. Cook’s Civil War Memories tracks this long and contentious story of the nation’s strug- gle to come to terms with the legacy of the war. The book is organized into two parts and structured chronologically around four narrative themes. Cook’s distinction between the Lost Cause, Unionist, emancipationist, and “reconciliatory” narratives that developed in the thirty

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 3, 2018

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