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Not Even Past

The Stories We Keep Telling about the Civil War

The American Civil War lives on in our collective imagination like few other events. The story of the war has been retold in countless films, novels, poems, memoirs, plays, sculptures, and monuments. Often remembered as an emancipatory struggle, as an attempt to destroy slavery in America now and forever, it is also memorialized as a fight for Southern independence; as a fratricide that divided the national family; and as a dark, cruel conflict defined by its brutality. What do these stories, myths, and rumors have in common, and what do they teach us about modern America?

In this fascinating book, Cody Marrs reveals how these narratives evolved over time and why they acquired such lasting power. Marrs addresses an eclectic range of texts, traditions, and creators, from Walt Whitman, Abram Ryan, and Abraham Lincoln to Margaret Mitchell, D. W. Griffith, and W. E. B. Du Bois. He also identifies several basic plots about the Civil War that anchor public memory and continually compete for cultural primacy. In other words, from the perspective of American cultural memory, there is no single Civil War.

Whether they fill us with elation or terror; whether they side with the North or the South; whether they come from the 1860s, the 1960s, or today, these stories all make one thing vividly clear: the Civil War is an ongoing conflict, persisting not merely as a cultural touchstone but as an unresolved struggle through which Americans inevitably define themselves. A timely, evocative, and beautifully written book, Not Even Past is essential reading for anyone interested in the Civil War and its role in American history.

About the Author

Cody Marrs is an associate professor of English at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War, the editor of The New Melville Studies, and the coeditor of Timelines of American Literature.

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"An excellent, wide-ranging literary history of the Civil War that covers not only fiction, history, and memoir, but also painting, sculpture, public memorials, and film. Marrs writes with relaxed authority, sharing the reader's curiosity. Insightful, nuanced, and well informed, this book makes an excellent guide."

- John Burt, Brandeis University, author of Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict

"An ambitious book that promises to make a substantial, revelatory contribution to American literary and cultural studies. Readers will be enlightened by Marrs's discussion of the origin, evolution, and popularity of his defining Civil War plots."

- David S. Reynolds, City University of New York, author of Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America

"The shooting ended in 1865 with Confederate surrender, but the Civil War has lived on in memory and myth and a continuing struggle to define its meanings and fulfill its promise of freedom. Cody Marrs's survey of the ways in which the war has been dissected and memorialized in literature, art, monuments, commemorations, and social movements expands upon William Faulkner's trenchant insight that the past is never dead—it is not even past."

- James M. McPherson, Princeton University, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

"In the American imagination the Civil War has never really ended. Marrs digs deep into artistic and literary history to show that 'we' as a multi-vocal people can never quite find an 'ending' to this most divisive American story that teeters forever between the opposing plots of emancipation and the Lost Cause. This is a splendid book, and one that asks existential and fundamental questions about this thing we call the United States."

- David W. Blight, Yale University, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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