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Introduction

Quigley Paul

in Shifting Grounds

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735488
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735488.003.0000
Introduction

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White southerners experienced a crisis of nationalism during the era of the American Civil War. This introduction raises the problems of national identity and citizenship that southerners confronted; defines the key terms; and discusses the scholarly framework. In contemplating the problems of nationalism, white southerners reached backward (taking into account their long experience as American nationalists), outward (to reflect on their knowledge of nationalism in the transatlantic world), and inward (embedding nationalism in their personal lives and identities).

Keywords: American Civil War; southerners; nationalism; national identity; citizenship; transatlantic

Chapter.  5282 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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