The development of the historiography of the Civil War

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Eleanor Rigney (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: Of all the events in American life, none seems to have stimulated the production of a greater bulk of literature, historical or otherwise, than the Civil War. Aside from the inspiration afforded by the rather dramatic quality of the war itself, probably no other episode in American history has aroused such widespread partisan feeling or so strong a disposition to apportion blame, to excuse, vindicate, or explain, publicly, the causes and events of the conflict. Consequently, in the years immediately following the war, many participants, both actual and vicarious, kept an interested public supplied with a quantity of literature that was usually either panegyrical or polemical in tone. As a result, a "correct" Northern and an equally "correct" Southern interpretation was developed rapidly; and before long, general opinion in both sections, supported by common memories and prejudices, was crystallized into an almost impervious tradition.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1950

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