Account

Company

  Menu

Description

"The ghosts of the Civil War never leave us, as David Blight knows perhaps better than anyone, and in this superb book he masterfully unites two distant but inextricably bound events."?Ken Burns

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, "One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free." He delivered this speech just three years after the Virginia Civil War Commission published a guide proclaiming that "the Centennial is no time for finding fault or placing blame or fighting the issues all over again."

David Blight takes his readers back to the centennial celebration to determine how Americans then made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. Amid cold war politics and civil rights protest, four of America's most incisive writers explored the gulf between remembrance and reality. Robert Penn Warren, the southern-reared poet-novelist who recanted his support of segregation; Bruce Catton, the journalist and U.S. Navy officer who became a popular Civil War historian; Edmund Wilson, the century's preeminent literary critic; and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist -- each exposed America's triumphalist memory of the war. And each, in his own way, demanded a reckoning with the tragic consequences it spawned.

Blight illuminates not only mid-twentieth-century America's sense of itself but also the dynamic, ever-changing nature of Civil War memory. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the war, we have an invaluable perspective on how this conflict continues to shape the country's political debates, national identity, and sense of purpose.

Tag This Book

This Book Has Been Tagged
It hasn't. Be the first to tag this book!

Our Recommendation

Track It. This book may eventually drop below £9.99.

Notify Me When The Price...

  • £
  • If I'm already tracking this book...

to track this book on eReaderIQ.

Track These Authors

to track David W. Blight on eReaderIQ.

  • to be notified each time the price drops on any book by David W. Blight.
  • to stop tracking David W. Blight.

Price Summary

  • We started tracking this book on February 4, 2022.
  • This book was £16.10 when we started tracking it.
  • The price of this book has changed 43 times in the past 232 days.
  • The current price of this book is £16.10 last checked 8 hours ago.
  • This lowest price this book has been offered at in the past six months is £11.28.
  • The lowest price to date was £11.28 last reached on August 20, 2022.
  • This book has been £11.28 one time since we started tracking it.
  • The highest price to date was £16.10 last reached on September 22, 2022.
  • This book has been £16.10 9 times since we started tracking it.
  • This book is currently at its highest price since we started tracking it.

Additional Info

  • Text-to-Speech: Disabled
  • Lending: Disabled

We last verified the price of this book about 8 hours ago. At that time, the price was £16.10. This price is subject to change. The price displayed on the Amazon.co.uk website at the time of purchase is the price you will pay for this book. Please confirm the price before making any purchases.