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This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America by Nina Silber (review)

This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America by Nina Silber (review) Identity (University of South Carolina Press, 2017) and coeditor of Essays on the Nineteenth Century, Memory, and Modern Identity: Consuming Commemoration (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America. By Nina Silber. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 248. Cloth, $32.95.) This War Ain’t Over provides a fascinating exploration of “how Americans used a troubled past,” not just the Civil War but also slavery and Reconstruction, “to navigate a complicated present,” the Great Depression and World War II (1). In the midst of the suffering of the Depression, Nina Silber shows, Americans turned their attention to the Civil War, an ear- lier national trial that foretold ultimate survival and “shaped a history that often spoke directly to their present-day political concerns” (2). Silber has done extensive research in a wide variety of sources and wisely and care- fully shows how various groups viewed that troubled past differently and employed its memory for differing purposes. She looks at “conservative southern Democrats; anticommunists; New Dealers; civil rights activ- ists; and the communists and Popular Fronters” (3). If any group gets less attention than it deserves, it may be white northerners, particularly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America by Nina Silber (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 9 (4) – Dec 5, 2019

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Identity (University of South Carolina Press, 2017) and coeditor of Essays on the Nineteenth Century, Memory, and Modern Identity: Consuming Commemoration (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America. By Nina Silber. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 248. Cloth, $32.95.) This War Ain’t Over provides a fascinating exploration of “how Americans used a troubled past,” not just the Civil War but also slavery and Reconstruction, “to navigate a complicated present,” the Great Depression and World War II (1). In the midst of the suffering of the Depression, Nina Silber shows, Americans turned their attention to the Civil War, an ear- lier national trial that foretold ultimate survival and “shaped a history that often spoke directly to their present-day political concerns” (2). Silber has done extensive research in a wide variety of sources and wisely and care- fully shows how various groups viewed that troubled past differently and employed its memory for differing purposes. She looks at “conservative southern Democrats; anticommunists; New Dealers; civil rights activ- ists; and the communists and Popular Fronters” (3). If any group gets less attention than it deserves, it may be white northerners, particularly

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 5, 2019

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