384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 87 halftones, notes, bibl., index
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5375-4
Published: October 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5373-0
Published: December 2019
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5374-7
Published: December 2019
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Awards & distinctions
2020 Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians
Brown provides the most comprehensive overview of the American war memorial as a cultural form and reframes the national debate over Civil War monuments that remain potent presences on the civic landscape.
About the Author
Thomas J. Brown is professor of history at the University of South Carolina and author of Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina.
For more information about Thomas J. Brown, visit the Author Page.
“In this insightful and deeply researched study of Civil War monuments, Thomas Brown argues persuasively that over time, monument builders in both the North and the South used an imaginative trove of aesthetics to efface battlefield horrors and rework tragedy into noble deeds and glorious causes.”--North Carolina Historical Review
“Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America is a remarkable contribution to the scholarship on Civil War memory. [Brown’s] unique perspective and attention to detail speaks to the profound influence of Civil War monuments on American life well into the late twentieth century.”--Missouri Historical Review
“Brown brings overdue and timely research on Civil War monuments in both the North and the South. . . . Reading Brown’s work will give a deeper appreciation for these tangible reminders of . . . the American Civil War.”--The Annals of Iowa
“A well-illustrated, interesting, and deeply researched study that. . . . Will remain a standard work on American Civil War monuments for some time.”--H-Net Reviews
"Thomas J. Brown's definitive study of Civil War monuments shows the impact these shrines and memorials have had on the American landscape. Bringing a keen analysis to scores of monuments, Brown reveals how these sites speak to shifting ideals about war and peace, military command, and civic engagement and uncovers surprising revelations about northern and southern similarities. This book reminds us how and why these monuments remain flashpoints of political controversy."--Nina Silber, Boston University
"This long-awaited and much-needed book is the first synthetic study of U.S. Civil War memorials--a daunting task with more than a thousand monuments spanning a century or more. Brown argues convincingly that these memorials helped transform ideas of citizenship and promoted a new institutionalization of the military in American life."--Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh