The postwar Military Historical Society of Massachusetts created by John Codman Ropes, and examined by Miller, shaped popular understanding of history with an impressive array of publications. These are stories about ideas, but they are also about new modes of shaping opinion. This collection does not end the conversation, but it directs it in valuable new directions. Future scholarship will no doubt continue these discussions. There are many other forms of discourse in which "educated people" engaged with the public. And it is not a criticism to note that as diverse as the intellectuals examined in this volume are, the key figures are all men and nearly all white. There will be new ways to contemplate Civil Warera Americans, for whom "ideas mattered," but this collection is an original and significant contribution. J. Matthew Gallman j. matthew gallman is a professor of history at the University of Florida and the author, most recently, of Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth. Edited by Joseph M. Beilein Jr. and Matthew C. Hulbert.
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 26, 2017