The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past by Jim Cullen (review)

The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past by Jim Cullen (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995)

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The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past by Jim Cullen (review)

by David Glassberg
Southern Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 2: Winter 1996

Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995

The Civil War has been history for more than 130 years. In the decades immediately after Appomattox, Americans developed countless narratives of the war’s events. Their versions of the conflict were communicated through soldiers’ stories and local commemorative rituals that varied according to whether they lived in the North or the South, were black or white, women or men, rich or poor.