Colored Troops. Otherwise, it is an excellent study of global relationships, the political and cultural consequences of Atlantic interactions, and the paradoxical personal justifications of slaveholders who so valued freedom. Karin L. Zipf karin l. zipf, associate professor of history at East Carolina University, is the author of Labor of Innocents: Forced Apprenticeship in North Carolina, 17151919 (Louisiana State University Press, 2005). Confederate Visions: Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War. By Ian Binnington. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013. Pp. 216. Cloth, $39.50.) Scholarship surrounding Confederate nationalism has grown by leaps and bounds. In just the last decade, over half a dozen major new books dedicated expressly to the subject have been published. These works share a determination to move away from the long-standing weak-versus-strong debate of the previous thirty years and to evaluate the roots, substance, dissemination, and legacy of Confederate nationalism within the broader context of nineteenth-century nation-building, and no longer simply as an explanation for southern defeat or persistence. They have challenged us to take Confederate nationalist ideology seriously and to situate it within American and international practices, traditions, and thought. Ian Binnington's short book is part of this burgeoning trend.
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 7, 2015