Making old wounds bleed again: Civil War memory, white resistance and southern identity in Dixie

Counsell, Ellie (2014) Making old wounds bleed again: Civil War memory, white resistance and southern identity in Dixie. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explores the relationship between white southerners and their memory of the Civil War. It focuses on the 1950s and 1960s and argues that the mass resistance movement of white southerners was caused by memory. Due to the violence and destruction of the Civil War, the South was psychologically trapped in a memory it had constructed. It aims to explain why the white southerner was extraordinarily violent toward African-Americans, by examining white violence through a lens of collective memory. Through primary source research this study shows that for many white southerners the war did not end in 1865. The mind of the white South remained in a psychologically stagnant state, using a memory constructed after the war as a defence mechanism to change.
    This study concludes that for over a century, the American South participated in collective historical amnesia. Through this memory, white southerners of the fifties and sixties mobilized their resistance against any threat on the South.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:57
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15386

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