Confederate Nationalism in Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia During the American Civil War, 1861-1865

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Confederate Nationalism in Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia During the American Civil War, 1861-1865

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dc.contributor.advisor Kraut, Alan en_US Garrett, Lynette Ann en_US
dc.contributor.other Sims, Kimberly en_US
dc.contributor.other Anbinder, Tyler en_US
dc.contributor.other Wakelyn, Jon L en_US 2012-08-22T15:00:59Z 2012-08-22T15:00:59Z 2012 en_US 2012-08-22
dc.identifier.other Garrett_american_0008E_10288 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. History. American University en_US
dc.description.abstract CONFEDERATE NATIONALISM IN GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, AND VIRGINIA DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865BYLynette A. GarrettABSTRACT This dissertation revolves around the construction of Confederate identity in the states of Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia and adds regional specificity into the discussion of Confederate nationalism. The "hodgepodge" nature of the Confederacy only emphasized the importance of understanding the foundation of Confederate nationalism and its uniformity, not regional variations. Whether or not Confederate identity formation during the war transcended state and regional variation or differed from place to place within these three Confederate states is the important question this study addresses. Confederate nationalism was not monolithic. Instead, this project identifies five themes which allowed southerners in the states of Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia to construct an identity for themselves as Confederate citizens which they believed differed from the identity of their American counterparts. The five themes of Confederate nationalism were the American Revolution, religion, slavery, white supremacy, and states' rights. The five themes needed to accentuate the common connections which bonded citizens in the Confederacy together, highlight the differences between Confederate and American citizens, and provide justification for the war. The first four themes of Confederate nationalism promoted unity regardless of geographic location while the fifth theme of Confederate identity, states' rights, proved to be divisive. Within the state of Georgia, Governor Joseph E. Brown waged a campaign against conscription and the suspension of habeas corpus; two governmental policies he believed were detrimental to states' rights. In addition to questions about Confederate identity formation, this project also explores the lives of free African Americans and Jews who called these three states of the Confederacy their home. This study adds free African Americans back into the historical narrative of Confederate nationalism and re-examines their role in the seceded states in detail. This dissertation asks how the presence of free people of color and Jews impacted Confederate nationalism. Did the presence of free African Americans and Jews sustain or hinder Confederate nationalism in Georgia, Virginia, and Louisiana during the Civil War? en_US
dc.format.extent 362 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher American University en_US
dc.subject American history en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject.other Civil War en_US
dc.subject.other Confederate States of America en_US
dc.subject.other Nationalism en_US
dc.title Confederate Nationalism in Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia During the American Civil War, 1861-1865 en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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