Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1901 by Nina Silber - PDF and EPUB eBook

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The reconciliation of North and South following the Civil War depended as much on cultural imagination as on the politics of...

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Exact title of the book
Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1901
Book series
Civil War America
Book author
Nina Silber
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
272 pages
Language
English
Published
September 8th 1997 by University of North Carolina Press
File size (in PDF)
1088 kB
Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1901

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The reconciliation of North and South following the Civil War depended as much on cultural imagination as on the politics of Reconstruction. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Nina Silber documents the transformation from hostile sectionalism to sentimental reunion rhetoric. Northern culture created a notion of reconciliation that romanticized and feminized southern society.

In tourist accounts, novels, minstrel shows, and popular magazines, northerners contributed to a mythic and nostalgic picture of the South that served to counter their anxieties regarding the breakdown of class and gender roles in Gilded Age America. Indeed, for many Yankees, the ultimate symbol of the reunion process, and one that served to reinforce Victorian values as well as northern hegemony, was the marriage of a northern man and a southern woman. Southern men also were represented as affirming traditional gender roles.

As northern men wrestled with their nation's increasingly global and aggressive foreign policy, the military virtues extolled in Confederate legend became more admired than reviled. By the 1890s, concludes Silber, northern whites had accepted not only a newly resplendent image of Dixie but also a sentimentalized view of postwar reunion.