American Oracle PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

American Oracle free pdf Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, "One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free." He delivered this speech just three years after the Virginia Civil War Commission published a guide proclaiming that "the Centennial is no time for finding fault or placing blame or fighting the issues all over again." David Blight takes his readers back to the centennial celebration to determine how Americans then made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. Amid cold war politics and civil rights protest, four of America's most incisive writers explored the gulf between remembrance and reality. Robert Penn Warren, the southern-reared poet-novelist who recanted his support of segregation- Bruce Catton, the journalist and U.S. Navy officer who became a popular Civil War historian- Edmund Wilson, the century's preeminent literary critic- and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist--each exposed America's triumphalist memory of the war. And each, in his own way, demanded a reckoning with the tragic consequences it spawned. Blight illuminates not only mid-twentieth-century America's sense of itself but also the dynamic, ever-changing nature of Civil War memory. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the war, we have an invaluable perspective on how this conflict continues to shape the country's political debates, national identity, and sense of purpose.

About David W. Blight

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of History at Yale University.

Details Book

Author : David W. Blight
Publisher : The Belknap Press
Data Published : 02 September 2011
ISBN : 0674048555
EAN : 9780674048553
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 328 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews American Oracle



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • American Oracle free pdfAmerican Oracle

    Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28. 1963. a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Martin Luther King. Jr.. declared. "One hundred years later. the Negro still is not free..


  • Civil Rights Voice for the Oppressed free pdfCivil Rights Voice for the Oppressed

    Rev. John L. Scott's story is that of preacher. pastor. scholar. civil rights leader and family member. His captivating biography gives readers a remarkable perspective of his role in the African-American struggle for civil rights and social and political justice over a half century..


  • I Have a Dream free pdfI Have a Dream

    On August 28. 1963. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words..


  • My Brother's Keeper free pdfMy Brother's Keeper

    The story of African Canadians who fled slavery in the United States but returned to enlist in the Union forces during the American Civil War. On New Year s Eve in 1862. blacks from across British North America joined in spirit with their American fellows in silent vigils to await the enactment of President Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation..


  • Race and Reunion free pdfRace and Reunion

    No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath. Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting..


  • American Oracle free pdfAmerican Oracle

    Download Books Free Online ePub. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, "One