This discussion will take place on Twitter on May 17 at 8pm. #CWM101
We are close to the finish line. Thanks again to all of you who have taken part in this discussion over the past few weeks. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.
This week we will discuss chapter 8 in Caroline Janney’s book, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation. This chapter explores the role of women in Civil War memory, specifically in connection to the Women’s Relief Corps and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Janney demonstrates that women on both sides struggled with the balancing act between reunion and reconciliation. The chapter concludes with the UDC’s attempts to place monuments in Andersonville National Cemetery and Arlington National Cemetery.
- According to Janney, what motivated white southern men after the war to place some at the center of the Confederate cause?
- Why did references to loyal white northern women become more infrequent by the 1880s?
- What factors explain the divergence of experiences of northern and southern white women in commemorative activities after the war?
- What does Janney’s analysis of the WCTU and the relationship between Varina Davis and Julia Grant tell us about the challenges of achieving reunion and reconciliation during the postwar period?
- Who joined the UDC and WRC at the end of the nineteenth century and what shared experiences brought them together into their respective organizations?
- According to Janney, why did white so many white northern and southern women resist/reject the pull of reconciliation?
- To what extent were black women accepted into the WRC and how did their commitment to remember emancipation and slavery impact reconciliation?
- How did the UDC try to reshape memory the Confederacy’s relationship to emancipation and slavery?
- Why did the UDC fail to place a monument to Henry Wirz in Andersonville National Cemetery, but were successful a few years in Arlington National Cemetery?
- Karen Cox, Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.
- Heath Hardage Lee, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause.
- Micki McElya, Clinging to Mammy.
- Nina Silber, Gender & the Sectional Conflict.
- Vox video on the UDC and textbooks