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Normans and Saxons [electronic resource] : southern race mythology and the intellectual history of the American Civil War / Ritchie Devon Watson, Jr.

By: Watson, Ritchie Devon.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Southern literary studies: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2008Description: 1 online resource (286 p.).ISBN: 9780807134337 (electronic bk.); 0807134333 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Southern States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century | American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism | Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865 | Race -- Political aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Anglo-Saxon race -- History -- 19th century | North and south | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes | Confederate States of America -- Politics and government | Confederate States of America -- Intellectual life | HISTORY -- State & Local -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Normans and Saxons.DDC classification: 973.6 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: The Brooks-Sumner Caning Incident: Slavery, Honor, and the American Cultural Divide; 1. Race Mythology, Science, and Southern Nationalism; 2. Ivanhoe, Race Myth, and the Walter Scott Cultural Syndrome; 3. A Slaveholding Race: Mythology and Southern Polemics; 4. Race Mythology and Antebellum Fiction; 5. A Universal Yankee Nation: Northern Racial Mythmaking; 6. A Proud, High-Toned People Repudiate the Scum of the North; 7. Northern Vandals versus Southern Ruffians; 8. Poetry Fights the Civil War.
Summary: When Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina savagely caned Senator Charles Sumner Massachusetts on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 21, 1856, southerners viewed the attack as a triumphant affirmation of southern chivalry, northerners as a confirmation of southern barbarity. Public opinion was similarly divided nearly three-and-a-half years later after abolitionist John Brown's raid on the Federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, with northerners crowning John Brown as a martyr to the cause of freedom as southerners excoriated him as a consciousness fanatic. These events opened.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: The Brooks-Sumner Caning Incident: Slavery, Honor, and the American Cultural Divide; 1. Race Mythology, Science, and Southern Nationalism; 2. Ivanhoe, Race Myth, and the Walter Scott Cultural Syndrome; 3. A Slaveholding Race: Mythology and Southern Polemics; 4. Race Mythology and Antebellum Fiction; 5. A Universal Yankee Nation: Northern Racial Mythmaking; 6. A Proud, High-Toned People Repudiate the Scum of the North; 7. Northern Vandals versus Southern Ruffians; 8. Poetry Fights the Civil War.

When Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina savagely caned Senator Charles Sumner Massachusetts on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 21, 1856, southerners viewed the attack as a triumphant affirmation of southern chivalry, northerners as a confirmation of southern barbarity. Public opinion was similarly divided nearly three-and-a-half years later after abolitionist John Brown's raid on the Federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, with northerners crowning John Brown as a martyr to the cause of freedom as southerners excoriated him as a consciousness fanatic. These events opened.

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