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The Long Civil War

New Explorations of America's Enduring Conflict

The nine years between South Carolina's secession in 1860 and the election of Ulysses S. Grant as president in 1868 signified a watershed in American history. One historian explains correctly that it took almost nine decades to eradicate slavery, and its horrible legacies endure, painfully alive today. The "Long Civil War" remains, according to another scholar, "an unfinished process," and "The Undead War." Contemporary historians and literary scholars continually expand the geographic, temporal, and thematic dimensions of the Civil War era, what an earlier generation of scholars termed the "Middle Period" of American History. No longer do they limit the Civil War's meaning and range of impact to the antebellum decades, or from 1861 to 1865, or define the so-called Reconstruction period as covering the dozen years from 1865 to 1877.  

In The Long Civil War, editors John David Smith and Raymond Arsenault bring together ten essays that contribute to and build upon this emerging and expanding new scholarship. With a collection of leading voices, the essays examine race, reform, the Civil War home front, disabled veterans, suicide, military modernization, World War I, historical memory, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Walt Disney's films. Expanding the contours of the Civil War's reach, the collected scholars seek to add new frameworks for assessing continuity and change and identifying similarities and differences between regions, peoples, and ideas. Together, they chart the variety of uses of the Civil War in contemporary culture while broadening the meaning of America's bloodiest war. Bringing together new and established scholars, The Long Civil War will be of interest to Civil War historians and enthusiasts alike.

About the Authors

John David Smith is Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte. He is the author or editor of many books, including The Dunning School: Historians, Race, and the Meaning of Reconstruction, A Just and Lasting Peace: A Documentary History of Reconstruction, and Lincoln and the US Colored Troops. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Raymond Arsenault
is John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida. He is the author of several acclaimed and prizewinning books, including Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America, and Arthur Ashe, A Life. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Reviews

"An excellent collection of original, well researched, lucidly written, and forceful essays representing cutting edge scholarship that stretches the traditional boundaries of the American Civil War era. Individually, the essays stand on their own as some of the very best work by talented scholars. Taken together, the essays confirm the merit of approaching and interpreting the Civil War era in the most expansive ways possible."—Michael Parrish, Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History at Baylor University

"The Long Civil War expands the range of what we consider the Civil War—temporally, geographically, conceptually. It features exceptional, high-quality essays."—Patrick A. Lewis, author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War

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