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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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The American Civil War

The American Civil War

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(p.537) Chapter 26 The American Civil War
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The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
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Will Kaufman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0027

This chapter examines popular representations of the American Civil War by tracing literary and paraliterary patterns, written and visual, associated with North and South. It first considers the popular print culture as a battleground between the forces of slavery and abolition, between whites and blacks, between Union and Confederacy. It then looks at the burgeoning field of African American journalism, autobiography, and criticism during the period and how the periodical press, both North and South, gave rise to a generation of fiction writers. It also discusses the role of magazines and newspapers in the North-South divide as well as the flowering of Civil War literature in the period after 1865. Finally, it explores how the periodical press of both North and South reinforced their prose and poetry with visual images.

Keywords:   popular print culture, African American journalism, autobiography, North, South, magazines, newspapers, Civil War literature, prose, poetry

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