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Shifting grounds : nationalism and the American South, 1848-1865 /
Paul Quigley.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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xi, 325 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0199735484 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780199735488 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
isbn
0199735484 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780199735488 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Foundations : nationalism in the antebellum American South -- Dreams : southern nationalism before nationhood -- The pinch : American nationalism in crisis -- Definitions : Confederate citizenship and national identity in 1861 -- War : suffering, sacrifice, and the trials of nationalism.
catalogue key
8179439
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-307) and index.
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In this book, Paul Quigley provides the clearest and most insightful study of southern nationalism to date.
"Paul Quigley engages the topic of Confederate nationalism within a spacious analytical context that begins in the 1840s and extends across the Atlantic. This important and original book sheds considerable light on the process by which white southerners forged a sense of Confederate identity." --Gary W. Gallagher, author ofThe Confederate War "This masterful book makes sense of how the South's ambition for nationhood in the 1860s resonated with the shared resentments and common dreams already embedded in its history and culture. Hundreds of books dwell onhowthis long, cruel war was fought; Paul Quigley helps us understandwhyit was fought." --Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina "From the opening pages of this carefully crafted and judiciously nuanced study, when a Rebel soldier cites Edmund Burke in his letters home, we are given brilliant insights into the hearts, but especially the minds of the Old South. Quigley's deft talent for clarity and context affords readers vivid appreciation of the pull of nationhood in nineteenth century America, which led to the rise and fall of the Confederate project.Shifting Groundsshines a bright light on ideology's role in social change and takes to task those who fail to take seriously those key political moments when ideas rearrange events in dramatic and dangerous ways. The implications for what Quigley calls 'the intractable problems of nationalism' reverberate today." --Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast "Finally! We at last have a book that anchors Confederate nationalism in the viscera, in the hearts and minds of the people who believed they were fighting for it. InShifting Grounds, Quigley takes us to the very heart of what the Confederacy thought it was." --Stephen Berry, author ofAll ThatMakes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South
"Paul Quigley provides the clearest and most insightful study of southern nationalism to date . In observing both the paths taken and those avoided, Quigley reveals the dynamism inherent in nationalism."--American Historical Review "Paul Quiqley examines an old issue--the nature of the southern nationalism--through a new and somewhat improved wide-angle lens...Shifting Groundsstrikingly recaptures the emotional and visceral side of topics that have too often been treated in a highly abstract fashion." --The Journal ofAmerican History "Paul Quigley engages the topic of Confederate nationalism within a spacious analytical context that begins in the 1840s and extends across the Atlantic. This important and original book sheds considerable light on the process by which white southerners forged a sense of Confederate identity." --Gary W. Gallagher, author ofThe Confederate War "This masterful book makes sense of how the South's ambition for nationhood in the 1860s resonated with the shared resentments and common dreams already embedded in its history and culture. Hundreds of books dwell onhowthis long, cruel war was fought; Paul Quigley helps us understandwhyit was fought." --Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina "From the opening pages of this carefully crafted and judiciously nuanced study, when a Rebel soldier cites Edmund Burke in his letters home, we are given brilliant insights into the hearts, but especially the minds of the Old South. Quigley's deft talent for clarity and context affords readers vivid appreciation of the pull of nationhood in nineteenth century America, which led to the rise and fall of the Confederate project.Shifting Groundsshines a bright light on ideology's role in social change and takes to task those who fail to take seriously those key political moments when ideas rearrange events in dramatic and dangerous ways. The implications for what Quigley calls 'the intractable problems of nationalism' reverberate today." --Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast "Finally! We at last have a book that anchors Confederate nationalism in the viscera, in the hearts and minds of the people who believed they were fighting for it. InShifting Grounds, Quigley takes us to the very heart of what the Confederacy thought it was." --Stephen Berry, author ofAll ThatMakes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South
"Paul Quiqley examines an old issue--the nature of the southern nationalism--through a new and somewhat improved wide-angle lens...Shifting Groundsstrikingly recaptures the emotional and visceral side of topics that have too often been treated in a highly abstract fashion." --The Journal ofAmerican History "Paul Quigley engages the topic of Confederate nationalism within a spacious analytical context that begins in the 1840s and extends across the Atlantic. This important and original book sheds considerable light on the process by which white southerners forged a sense of Confederate identity." --Gary W. Gallagher, author ofThe Confederate War "This masterful book makes sense of how the South's ambition for nationhood in the 1860s resonated with the shared resentments and common dreams already embedded in its history and culture. Hundreds of books dwell onhowthis long, cruel war was fought; Paul Quigley helps us understandwhyit was fought." --Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina "From the opening pages of this carefully crafted and judiciously nuanced study, when a Rebel soldier cites Edmund Burke in his letters home, we are given brilliant insights into the hearts, but especially the minds of the Old South. Quigley's deft talent for clarity and context affords readers vivid appreciation of the pull of nationhood in nineteenth century America, which led to the rise and fall of the Confederate project.Shifting Groundsshines a bright light on ideology's role in social change and takes to task those who fail to take seriously those key political moments when ideas rearrange events in dramatic and dangerous ways. The implications for what Quigley calls 'the intractable problems of nationalism' reverberate today." --Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast "Finally! We at last have a book that anchors Confederate nationalism in the viscera, in the hearts and minds of the people who believed they were fighting for it. InShifting Grounds, Quigley takes us to the very heart of what the Confederacy thought it was." --Stephen Berry, author ofAll ThatMakes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South
"With this book, Paul Quigley makes an impressive contribution to the study of Civil War nationalism. This excellent study deserves a wide readership and belongs on syllabi for courses on the South, the Civil War, and nationalism." --Journal of Southern History "Paul Quigley provides the clearest and most insightful study of southern nationalism to date . In observing both the paths taken and those avoided, Quigley reveals the dynamism inherent in nationalism."--American Historical Review "Paul Quiqley examines an old issue--the nature of the southern nationalism--through a new and somewhat improved wide-angle lens...Shifting Grounds strikingly recaptures the emotional and visceral side of topics that have too often been treated in a highly abstract fashion." --The Journal of American History "Paul Quigley engages the topic of Confederate nationalism within a spacious analytical context that begins in the 1840s and extends across the Atlantic. This important and original book sheds considerable light on the process by which white southerners forged a sense of Confederate identity." --Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War "This masterful book makes sense of how the South's ambition for nationhood in the 1860s resonated with the shared resentments and common dreams already embedded in its history and culture. Hundreds of books dwell on how this long, cruel war was fought; Paul Quigley helps us understand why it was fought." --Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina "From the opening pages of this carefully crafted and judiciously nuanced study, when a Rebel soldier cites Edmund Burke in his letters home, we are given brilliant insights into the hearts, but especially the minds of the Old South. Quigley's deft talent for clarity and context affords readers vivid appreciation of the pull of nationhood in nineteenth century America, which led to the rise and fall of the Confederate project. Shifting Grounds shines a bright light on ideology's role in social change and takes to task those who fail to take seriously those key political moments when ideas rearrange events in dramatic and dangerous ways. The implications for what Quigley calls 'the intractable problems of nationalism' reverberate today." --Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast "Finally! We at last have a book that anchors Confederate nationalism in the viscera, in the hearts and minds of the people who believed they were fighting for it. In Shifting Grounds, Quigley takes us to the very heart of what the Confederacy thought it was." --Stephen Berry, author of All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South
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Summaries
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The American Civil War brought with it a crisis of nationalism. This text reinterprets southern conceptions of allegiance, identity, and citizenship within the contexts of antebellum American national identity and the transatlantic 'Age of Nationalism.'
Long Description
Between 1848 and 1865 white southerners felt the grounds of nationhood shift beneath their feet. The regional conflict over slavery that culminated in the American Civil War forced them to confront difficult problems of nationalism. What made a nation a nation? Could an individual or a group change nationality at will? What were the rights and responsibilities of national citizenship? Why should nations exist at all?As they contemplated these questions, white southerners drew on their long experience as American nationalists and their knowledge of nationalism in the wider world. Shifting Grounds tells the fascinating story not just of the radical secessionists who shattered the Union in 1861, but also of the moderate majority who struggled before and after secession to balance their southern and American identities and loyalties. As they pondered the changing significance of the Fourth of July, asthey fused ideals of masculinity and femininity with national identity, they revealed the shifting meanings of nationalism and citizenship. Southerners also looked across the Atlantic, comparing southern separatism with movements in Hungary and Ireland, and applying the European model of romantic nationalismfirst to the United States and later to the Confederacy. Evaluating the American South in transnational context sheds new light on the ideas and motivations behind America's greatest conflict. The creation of the Confederacy and the onset of brutal war in 1861 both built on and transformed antebellum ideas. A powerful national government imposed newly stringent obligations of citizenship while the shared experience of suffering united many Confederates in a sacred national community of sacrifice. For all white southerners-Unionists, die-hard Confederates, and the large majority torn between the two-the problems of nationalism had come to matter more by 1865 than everbefore.
Main Description
Between 1848 and 1865 white southerners felt the grounds of nationhood shift beneath their feet. The conflict over slavery that led to the Civil War forced them to confront the difficult problems of nationalism. What made a nation a nation? Could an individual or a group change nationality at will? What were the rights and responsibilities of national citizenship? Why should nations exist at all? As they contemplated these questions, white southerners drew on their long experience as Americans and their knowledge of nationalism in the wider world. This was true of not just the radical secessionists who shattered the Union in 1861, but also of the moderate majority who struggled to balance their southern and American loyalties. As they pondered the changing significance of the Fourth of July, as they fused ideals of masculinity and femininity with national identity, they revealed the shifting meanings of nationalism and citizenship. Southerners also looked across the Atlantic, comparing southern separatism with movements in Hungary and Ireland, and applying the European model of romantic nationalism first to the United States and later to the Confederacy. In the turmoil of war, the Confederacy's national government imposed new, stringent obligations of citizenship, while the shared experience of suffering united many Confederates in a sacred national community of sacrifice. For Unionists, die-hard Confederates, and the large majority torn between the two, nationalism became an increasingly pressing problem. In Shifting Grounds Paul Quigley brilliantly reinterprets southern conceptions of allegiance, identity, and citizenship within the contexts of antebellum American national identity and the transatlantic "Age of Nationalism," shedding new light on the ideas and motivations behind America's greatest conflict.
Main Description
Between 1848 and 1865 white southerners felt the grounds of nationhood shift beneath their feet. The conflict over slavery that led to the Civil War forced them to confront the difficult problems of nationalism. What made a nation a nation? Could an individual or a group change nationality atwill? What were the rights and responsibilities of national citizenship? Why should nations exist at all?As they contemplated these questions, white southerners drew on their long experience as Americans and their knowledge of nationalism in the wider world. This was true of not just the radical secessionists who shattered the Union in 1861, but also of the moderate majority who struggled to balancetheir southern and American loyalties. As they pondered the changing significance of the Fourth of July, as they fused ideals of masculinity and femininity with national identity, they revealed the shifting meanings of nationalism and citizenship. Southerners also looked across the Atlantic,comparing southern separatism with movements in Hungary and Ireland, and applying the European model of romantic nationalism first to the United States and later to the Confederacy. In the turmoil of war, the Confederacy's national government imposed new, stringent obligations of citizenship, while the shared experience of suffering united many Confederates in a sacred national community of sacrifice. For Unionists, die-hard Confederates, and the large majority torn between thetwo, nationalism became an increasingly pressing problem. In Shifting Grounds Paul Quigley brilliantly reinterprets southern conceptions of allegiance, identity, and citizenship within the contexts of antebellum American national identity and the transatlantic "Age of Nationalism," shedding newlight on the ideas and motivations behind America's greatest conflict.
Main Description
Between 1848 and 1865 white southerners felt the grounds of nationhood shift beneath their feet. The regional conflict over slavery that culminated in the American Civil War forced them to confront difficult problems of nationalism. What made a nation a nation? Could an individual or a group change nationality at will? What were the rights and responsibilities of national citizenship? Why should nations exist at all? As they contemplated these questions, white southerners drew on their long experience as American nationalists and their knowledge of nationalism in the wider world.Shifting Groundstells the fascinating story not just of the radical secessionists who shattered the Union in 1861, but also of the moderate majority who struggled before and after secession to balance their southern and American identities and loyalties. As they pondered the changing significance of the Fourth of July, as they fused ideals of masculinity and femininity with national identity, they revealed the shifting meanings of nationalism and citizenship. Southerners also looked across the Atlantic, comparing southern separatism with movements in Hungary and Ireland, and applying the European model of romantic nationalism first to the United States and later to the Confederacy. Evaluating the American South in transnational context sheds new light on the ideas and motivations behind America's greatest conflict. The creation of the Confederacy and the onset of brutal war in 1861 both built on and transformed antebellum ideas. A powerful national government imposed newly stringent obligations of citizenship while the shared experience of suffering united many Confederates in a sacred national community of sacrifice. For all white southerners-Unionists, die-hard Confederates, and the large majority torn between the two-the problems of nationalism had come to matter more by 1865 than ever before.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Foundations: Nationalism in the Antebellum American Southp. 16
Dreams: Southern Nationalism before Southern Nationhoodp. 50
The Pinch: American Nationalism in Crisisp. 87
Definitions: Confederate Citizenship and National Identity in 1861p. 128
War: Suffering, Sacrifice, and the Trials of Nationalismp. 171
Conclusionp. 214
Abbreviationsp. 219
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 309
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