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Author Bernath, Michael T.

Title Confederate minds : the struggle for intellectual independence in the Civil War South / Michael T. Bernath.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.713 BERN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 412 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Civil War America.
Civil War America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. Now is the Time -- Chapter one. An Intellectual Call to Arms -- Chapter two. The Confederate Critique of Northern Culture -- Part II. We, as a Nation, Spring into Existence: 1861-1862 -- Chapter three. The Birth of Confederate Literature -- Chapter four. The Campaign for Confederate Educational Independence -- Part III. A Stride without Parallel in the Progress of National Intellect: 1862-1864 -- Chapter five. The High-Water Mark -- Chapter six. Searching for a Confederate "Literature of Power" -- Part IV. Are We a Highly Civilized People?: 1864-1865 -- Chapter seven. Are We a Highly Civilized People?
Summary ""A very clear and forcefully argued treatment of the drive for cultural independence in the Confederacy. It is based on exhaustive study of periodicals, pamphlets, and all kinds of printed G matter produced during the Civil War. A most original and significant contribution to southern intellectual history and to the history of the Confederacy."---George C. Rable, author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!" ""This carefully and exhaustively researched book brings into sharp focus the sheer number---and the sheer persistence ---of editors and educators who sought to create an intellectual culture in the South. Bernath's admirable study corrects anyone who thinks that wartime turmoil shut down the full-throated cry of antebellum Southern partisanship."---Steven Slowe, author of Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century" "During Ihe Civil War, Confederates fought for much more than their political independence. They also fought to prove the distinctiveness of Ihe southern people and to legitimate their desire for a separate national existence through Ihe creation of a uniquely southern literature and culture. In this important new hook, Michael rlernalh follows the activities of a group of southern writers, thinkers, editors, publishers, educators, and ministers---whom he labels Confederate cultural nationalists---in order to trace the rise and fall of a cultural movement dedicated to liberating the South from its longtime dependence on northern hooks, periodicals, and teachers." "This struggle for Confederate "intellectual independence" was seen as a vital part of the larger war effort. For southern nationalists, independence won on the battlefield would he meaningless as long as southerners remained in a stale of cultural "vassalage" to their enemy. Bernalh's exhaustive research into Confederate print literature reveals that Ihe war did not stop cultural life in Ihe South. Instead, wartime isolation sparked a tremendous literary outpouring, as southern writers and publishers rushed lo provide their new nation with its own native literature, one that surpassed in diversity and circulation anything before seen in the South. As the production of new Confederate periodicals, books, and textbooks accelerated at an astonishing rale and southerners look steps toward establishing their own native system of education, cultural nationalists believed they saw the Confederacy coalescing into a true nation." "But it was not to be. In the end Confederates proved no more able to win their intellectual Independence than their political freedom, though they struggled mightily for both. By analyzing the motives driving the struggle for Confederate intellectual independence, by charting Its wartime accomplishments, and by assessing its failures, Bernath makes provocative arguments about the nature of Confederate nationalism, life within the Confederacy, and the perception of southern cultural distinctiveness."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
Regionalism -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Group identity -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Confederate States of America -- Intellectual life.
Southern States -- Civilization -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
ISBN 9780807833919 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807833916 (cloth : alk. paper)