Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Problem of Yankeeland: Southern Images of the North, 1865-1920
Sarah K. Bowman, Ph.D. Student, Department of History, Yale University
Location is wheelchair accessible
Sarah Bowman explores the ways Southerners in the half century after the Civil War envisioned the North, and the uses these acts of mythmaking served for the people of the defeated South. She argues that Southern images of the North were a central part of the South’s recovery of its own virtue and its own place within the nation. Throughout the remainder of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, Southerners wove narratives of the North, especially narratives about race. These stories of Northern hypocrisy, of Northern prejudice and discrimination, of Northern godlessness and barbarity, of the North’s past of slavery and slave-trading, were as much a part of the reconstruction of Southern identity after the Civil War as was the mythology of the Lost Cause. As the South told tales about the North, they buttressed their vision of their own virtue, defended their own social order, and laid claim to legitimacy in the newly reconstituted nation. This talk is part of the GLC
Brown Bag Lunch Series. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks & dessert.