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Troubled commemoration [electronic resource] : the American Civil War centennial, 1961-1965 / Robert J. Cook.

By: Cook, Robert, 1958-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Making the modern South: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2007Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 300 p.).ISBN: 9780807137000 (electronic bk.); 0807137006 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Centennial celebrations, etc | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence | Memorials -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Public history -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Memorials -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century | African Americans -- Civil rights -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States | United States -- Social conditions -- 1960-1980 | History | HISTORY | Hundertjahrfeier | Sezessionskrieg <1861-1865> | USAGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Troubled commemoration.DDC classification: 973.7/6 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Organizing a Cold War pageant -- The white south commemorates the Civil War -- Let's call the whole thing off: the Charleston Crises of 1961 -- The historians take control -- African Americans and the Civil War centennial -- Winding down: the forgotten centennial, 1962-1965 -- An opportunity for warmth: the Civil War centennial as an exercise in consensus culture.
Summary: In 1957, Congress voted to set up the United States Civil War Centennial Commission. A federally funded agency within the Department of the Interior, the commission's charge was to oversee preparations to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the central event in the Republic's history. Politicians hoped that a formal program of activities to mark the centennial of the Civil War would both bolster American patriotism at the height of the cold war and increase tourism in the South. Almost overnight, however, the patriotic pageant that organizers envisioned was transformed into a struggle.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-287) and index.

Organizing a Cold War pageant -- The white south commemorates the Civil War -- Let's call the whole thing off: the Charleston Crises of 1961 -- The historians take control -- African Americans and the Civil War centennial -- Winding down: the forgotten centennial, 1962-1965 -- An opportunity for warmth: the Civil War centennial as an exercise in consensus culture.

In 1957, Congress voted to set up the United States Civil War Centennial Commission. A federally funded agency within the Department of the Interior, the commission's charge was to oversee preparations to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the central event in the Republic's history. Politicians hoped that a formal program of activities to mark the centennial of the Civil War would both bolster American patriotism at the height of the cold war and increase tourism in the South. Almost overnight, however, the patriotic pageant that organizers envisioned was transformed into a struggle.

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