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Veteran Americans

Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction

"I may dare to speak, and I intend to speak and write what I think," wrote a New York volunteer serving in the Mexican War in 1848. Such sentiments of resistance and confrontation run throughout the literature produced by veteran Americans in the nineteenth century—from prisoner-of-war narratives and memoirs to periodicals, adventure pamphlets, and novels. Military men and women were active participants in early American print culture, yet they struggled against civilian prejudice about their character, against shifting collective memories that removed military experience from the nation's self-definition, and against a variety of headwinds in the uneven development of antebellum print culture.

In this new literary history of early American veterans, Benjamin Cooper reveals how soldiers and sailors from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War demanded, through their writing, that their value as American citizens and authors be recognized. Relying on an archive of largely understudied veteran authors, Cooper situates their perspective against a civilian monopoly in defining American citizenship and literature that endures to this day.

About the Author

Benjamin Cooper is assistant professor of English at Lindenwood University.

Review

"Veteran Americans makes a contribution to the growing body of literature on the experiences of American war veterans and their efforts to wrestle with the meaning of participation in great violence. Refreshingly, Cooper approaches veterans as the subjects of their own stories—as opposed to objects acted upon by some combination of trauma, bureaucracy, or society."—Brian Matthew Jordan, author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War

"Cooper's book makes a significant contribution to the study of U.S. literature and social history. The scholarship here is wide-ranging, capacious, and deeply engaged with current historical and critical debates in the field."—Dana D. Nelson, author of Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States

"In this fresh, incisive book, Cooper compellingly argues that veteran literature is not only a discrete and significant genre in its own right; it also recasts our understanding of American literature's production, consumption, and evolution. Cooper's prose is crisp and forceful."—Cody Marrs, author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War
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