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£22.99

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Published: 08 November 2018

336 Pages | 20 hts

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ISBN: 9780190868161


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Looming Civil War

How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future

Jason Phillips

  • Introduces the history of the future as a new field of study and showcases diverse ways to practice this new approach to the past.
  • Debunks the short war myth, the popular notion that all Americans looked forward to a short, romantic Civil War at the outset.
  • Relies upon the perspectives of elites and ordinary Americans, North and South, men and women, free and enslaved, religious and nonreligious.
  • Explains how the nation's greatest crisis transformed these understandings of time that continue to frame American views of the future.
  • Features objects of material culture and their symbolic meaning to nineteenth-century Americans.
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