Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America Elizabeth Duquette

ISBN: 9780813547817

Published: September 1st 2010

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288 pages


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Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America  by  Elizabeth Duquette

Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America by Elizabeth Duquette
September 1st 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780813547817 | 5.51 Mb

When one nation becomes two, or when two nations become one, what does national affiliation mean or require? Elizabeth Duquette answers this question by demonstrating how loyalty was used during the U.S. Civil War to define proper allegiance to theMoreWhen one nation becomes two, or when two nations become one, what does national affiliation mean or require? Elizabeth Duquette answers this question by demonstrating how loyalty was used during the U.S. Civil War to define proper allegiance to the Union. For Northerners during the war, and individuals throughout the nation after Appomattox, loyalty affected the construction of national identity, moral authority, and racial characteristics.Loyal Subjects considers how the Civil War complicated the cultural value of emotion, especially the ideal of sympathy.

Through an analysis of literary works written during and after the conflict-from Nathaniel Hawthornes Chiefly About War Matters through Henry Jamess The Bostonians and Charles Chestnutts The Wife of His Youth, to the Pledge of Allegiance and W.E.B. Du Boiss John Brown, among many others-Duquette reveals that although American literary criticism has tended to dismiss the Civil Wars impact, postwar literature was profoundly shaped by loyalty.



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