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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: The University Of North Carolina Press
Publisher Place: Chapel Hill
Publisher Year: 1997
Description: 285 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout.
Publishers Description: If, as many have argued, the Civil War is the most crucial moment in our national life and Gettysburg its turning point, then the climax of the climax, the central moment of our history, must be Picketts Charge. But as Carol Reardon notes, the Civil War saw many other daring assaults and stout defenses. Why, then, is it Picketts Charge at Gettysburg--and not, for example, Richardsons Charge at Antietam or Humphreyss Assault at Fredericksburg--that looms so large in the popular imagination As this innovative study reveals, by examining the events of 3 July 1863 through the selective and evocative lens of memory we can learn much about why Picketts Charge endures so strongly in the American imagination. Over the years, soldiers, journalists, veterans, politicians, orators, artists, poets, and educators, Northerners and Southerners alike, shaped, revised, and even sacrificed the history of the charge to create memories that met ever-shifting needs and deeply felt values. Reardon shows that the story told today of Picketts Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory. The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nations past.