Entertaining history : the Civil War in literature, film, and song

Format: Print Book 2020
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.7 WHITE
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
 
Collection  Civil War
 
Call Number  973.7 WHITE
 
 
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.7 MACKOW
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
 
Collection  Civil War
 
Call Number  973.7 MACKOW
 
 
Summary
Popular media can spark the national consciousness in a way that captures people's attention, interests them in history, and inspires them to visit battlefields, museums, and historic sites. This lively collection of essays and feature stories celebrates the novels, popular histories, magazines, movies, television shows, photography, and songs that have enticed Americans to learn more about our most dramatic historical era.

From Ulysses S. Grant's Memoirs to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , from Roots to Ken Burns's The Civil War , from "Dixie" to "Ashokan Farewell," and from Civil War photography to the Gettysburg Cyclorama, trendy and well-loved depictions of the Civil War are the subjects of twenty contributors who tell how they and the general public have been influenced by them. Sarah Kay Bierle examines the eternal appeal of Gone with the Wind and asks how it is that a protagonist who so opposed the war has become such a figurehead for it. H. R. Gordon talks with New York Times -bestselling novelist Jeff Shaara to discuss the power of storytelling. Paul Ashdown explores ColdMountain 's value as a portrait of the war as national upheaval, and Kevin Pawlak traces a shift in cinema's depiction of slavery epitomized by 12 Years a Slave . Tony Horwitz revisits his iconic Confederates in the Attic twenty years later.

The contributors' fresh analysis articulates a shared passion for history's representation in the popular media. The variety of voices and topics in this collection coalesces into a fascinating discussion of some of the most popular texts in the genres. In keeping with the innovative nature of this series, web-exclusive material extends the conversation beyond the book.
Contents
Ambrose Bierce and Stephen Crane : a "first look" at the Civil War through fiction / Amelia Ann and Chris Mackowski
Interpreting the man : General Ulysses S. Grant and his personal memoirs / Nick Sacco
Glory road : Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac series / Meg Groeling
From the pages to the park : the influence of popular literature on Andersonville National Historic Site / Chris Barr
History meets art meets television : Shelby Foote and the Civil War / Chris Mackowski
"Rejoice. The Civil War series for all time" : remembering those silver books from Time-Life / Meg Groeling
James McPherson's "Battle cry" / Ryan Longfellow
There's more to groom than gump : the Civil War writings of Winston Groom / Richard G. Frederick
A conversation with Jeff Shaara / H.R. Gordon
Cold Mountain and the itch of interest / Paul Ashdown
Revisiting Confederates in the attic : an interview with Tony Horwitz / H.R. Gordon
The Civil War periodically / Mary Koik
The war laid in our dooryards : Civil War photography / Kevin Pawlak
The Gettysburg Cyclorama : entertainment of the past, present, and future / Chris Brenneman
Marching against Dixie : the creation of Gone with the wind as an American icon / Sarah Kay Bierle
"The elephant in the room" : slavery in cinema from Gone with the wind to 12 Years a slave / Kevin Pawlak
The Civil War in prime time : the TV miniseries Roots, The Blue and the gray, and North and South / Andrew Brumbaugh
The Civil War trifecta : how three films shaped our perceptions of America's bloodiest conflict / Jared Frederick
One giant, forgotten leap : the life, death, and resurrection of the H.L. Hunley / Brian Hicks
Abraham Lincoln : freedom fighter, vampire hunter, and zombie killer / Ashley Webb
"Dixie" / Dan Welch
"The battle hymn of the Republic" : origins, influence, legacies / John Stauffer
Bobby Horton and Sam Watkins : all along "the Kennesaw Line" / Chris Mackowski
Not from this century : a longing melody from a modern time-"Ashokan farewell" / Dan Welch
The Civil War : American epoch, Nashville album, and Broadway musical / Rebecca S. Campana.

Additional Information
Series Engaging the Civil War.
Subjects War in literature.
War films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Music -- United States -- History and criticism.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Literature and the war.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Motion pictures and the war.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Music and the war.
Publisher Carbondale :Southern Illinois University Press,2020
Contributors Mackowski, Chris, editor.
Language English
Description xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780809337576
0809337576
9780809336210
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