Scholarship continues addressing the Civil War’s lasting impact on American society and culture. Moving beyond the battlefield narratives of daring exploits, Civil War scholarship also incorporates how the war affected regional demographics, gender relations, the northern and southern homefront, and the development of postwar fraternal organizations and memorial associations well into the 20th Century. Chroniclers of the war from its end to the present day have fallen into four interpretive categories: “The Lost Cause,” the Union Cause, Emancipation, and Reconciliation. Presenters will assess these four broad interpretations in examining the causes and legacies of the Civil War and how these interpretations helped shaped the memory and meaning of the war for several generations of Americans.
This conference on the140th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War will allow participants to discuss the long-term legacies of the war that continue to inspire and haunt us as a nation. It will also inform us on how far our nation has come in a relatively short time.
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