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Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South by Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle (review)

Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South by Sharon D.... adam malka is an assistant professor of U.S. history at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His forthcoming book, Beware the Rights of Men: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South. By Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Pp. 412. Paper, $45.00.) This book is an important and ambitious contribution to current reas sessments of Reconstruction-era literature, in part for its focus on oft- ted works from the period, but also because it situates this writing neglec within a context that identifies the way progressive-minded literature participated in fueling a conservative backlash that directly contributed to the collapse of Reconstruction. The reassertion of white male privilege at the expense of progressive and positive cultural change in the post–Civil War period is a crucial part of American literary history, and yet it is often glossed over for the more traditional focus on the rise of American liter ary realism. Kennedy-Nolle’s book begins with the possibility offered to authors and the nation at the time, employing literary history, periodical culture, and deep archival work to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South by Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 7 (1) – Jan 26, 2017

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Abstract

adam malka is an assistant professor of U.S. history at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His forthcoming book, Beware the Rights of Men: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South. By Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Pp. 412. Paper, $45.00.) This book is an important and ambitious contribution to current reas sessments of Reconstruction-era literature, in part for its focus on oft- ted works from the period, but also because it situates this writing neglec within a context that identifies the way progressive-minded literature participated in fueling a conservative backlash that directly contributed to the collapse of Reconstruction. The reassertion of white male privilege at the expense of progressive and positive cultural change in the post–Civil War period is a crucial part of American literary history, and yet it is often glossed over for the more traditional focus on the rise of American liter ary realism. Kennedy-Nolle’s book begins with the possibility offered to authors and the nation at the time, employing literary history, periodical culture, and deep archival work to

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 26, 2017

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