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Your Heritage Will Still Remain

Racial Identity and Mississippi's Lost Cause

Michael J. Goleman (author)

ISBN: 9781496812049

Publication Date: Apr 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Details how Mississippians, black and white, constructed their social identity in the aftermath of the crises that transformed the state, beginning with the sectional conflict and ending in the late nineteenth century. Michael J. Goleman focuses primarily on how Mississippians thought of their place: as Americans, as Confederates, or as both.
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Your Heritage Will Still Remain details how Mississippians, black and white, constructed their social identity in the aftermath of the crises that transformed the state beginning with the sectional conflict and ending in the late nineteenth century. Michael J. Goleman focuses primarily on how Mississippians thought of their place: asAmericans, as Confederates, or as both. In the midst of secession, white Mississippians held firm to an American identity and easily transformed it into a Confederateidentity venerating their version of American heritage. After the war, black Mississippians tried to etch their place within the Union and as part of transformed American society. Yet they continually faced white supremacist hatred and backlash. During Reconstruction, radical transformations within the state forced all Mississippiansto embrace, deny, or rethink their standing within the Union.

Tracing the evolution of Mississippians' social identity from 1850 through the end of the century uncovers why white Mississippians felt the need to create the Lost Cause legend. With personal letters, diaries and journals, newspaper editorials, traveler's accounts, memoirs, reminiscences, and personal histories as its sources, Your Heritage Will Still Remain offers insights into the white creation of Mississippi's Lost Cause and into the battle for black social identity. It goes on to show how these cultural hallmarks continue to impact the state even now.
Language English
Pages 192
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2017
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Subject/s Regional & national history   Social issues & processes   Ethnic studies   American Civil War  
Michael J. Goleman, Somerset, Kentucky, earned his PhD in United States history from Mississippi State University with specializations in southern history and agricultural, rural, and environmental history. He currently teaches at Somerset Community College.

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