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The Creation of Confederate Nationalism

Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South

by Drew Gilpin Faust

Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History

110 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations

Southern History

  Paperback / 9780807116067 / December 1989

For decades, historians have debated the meaning and significance of Confederate nationalism and the role it played in the outcome of the Civil War. Yet they have paid little attention to the actual development and content of this Confederate ideology. In The Creation of Confederate Nationalism, Drew Gilpin Faust argues that coming to a fuller understanding of southern thought during the Civil War period offers a valuable refraction of the essential assumptions on which the Old South and the Confederacy were built. She shows the benefits of exploring Confederate nationalism “as the South’s commentary upon itself, as its effort to represent southern culture to the world at large, to history, and perhaps most revealingly, to its own people.” 

Drew Gilpin Faust is professor of American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor of The Ideology of Slavery: The Proslavery Argument in the Old South, 1830-1860 and author of James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery, which received the Charles S. Syndor Award and the Jules F. Landry Award.

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