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By Jeffery J. Rogers

Historians of the yank Civil battle have debated a variety of questions raised via the warfare and its consequence. None were extra vigorously argued as these surrounding its final result. one of many major causes for accomplice defeat has been the argument that the Civil battle South lacked a countrywide identification. relating to and aiding this argument is the competition that the Civil battle South did not produce a different and colourful literary tradition. those contentions were challenged by means of a growing to be physique of literature which argues that the Civil struggle South did produce a feeling of cultural and nationwide id. This publication provides to this counter present via an exam of the Civil warfare studies and writings of the Antebellum South's best literary determine. unusually, given William Gilmore Simms' recognized prestige sooner than the struggle, his existence and paintings in the course of the process the struggle itself has been understudied. This exam finds the intensity and volume to which Simms not just supported the accomplice conflict attempt yet how Simms conceptualized and articulated a imaginative and prescient of accomplice nationalism.

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