This discussion will take place on twitter on May 24 at 8pm. #CWM101
Welcome to the final week of our discussion about Caroline Janney’s book, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation. This week we will discuss chapter 9, which explores some of the most iconic moments in Civil War memory, including the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial and the 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg. Janney does an excellent job of exploring how national and international events shaped the ways in which the wartime generation continued to commemorate the war and the fragility of reconciliation. The chapter also reveals why, in the hands of a new generation of Americans, the Lost Cause continued to thrive even as the Union cause receded in national memory.
I want to thank all of you who have taken part in this little social media experiment. This has proven to be one of the highlights of the week for me and a very enjoyable distraction during this quarantine. Your enthusiastic response has given me a lot of ideas about next steps. Stay tuned.
- How does Janney explain the gradual dimensioning of the Union cause in Civil War memory by the beginning of the twentieth century?
- Why did Confederate veterans and white southerners generally reject a “jubilee” to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the war at Appomattox?
- How and why did Reconstruction fit into Confederate memory in the early twentieth century?
- How did the Lost Cause narrative change in the fifty years following the end of the war?
- In what ways did Northern historians and the broader culture reinforce the Lost Cause of the early twentieth century?
- Why challenges did both the UCV and SUV face in mobilizing younger generations to carry on their respective fights over Civil War memory?
- Why did the UCV eventually prove more successful in mobilizing younger Americans to “accept control of the Lost Cause”?
- How did generational differences shape the debate about what kind of memorial to Lincoln should be placed on the National Mall?
- What did African Americans want to see in a proposed Lincoln Memorial and how did the ongoing controversy surrounding lynchings and racial violence shape their attitudes toward it?
- Where does the Lincoln Memorial fit in Janney’s understanding of Civil War memory?
- Why, according to Janney, did a proposed Peace Monument at Appomattox fail?
- It’s easy to see why GONE WITH THE WIND proved so popular with white southern audiences, but why, according to Janney, was it embraced in other parts of the nation?
- Robert Cook, Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965.
- Thomas R. Flagler, War, Memory, and the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion.
- Keith M. Harris, Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans.
- Jennifer Murray, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1913-2013.
- Nina Silber, This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in the New Deal.