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New Men: Reconstructing the Image of the Veteran in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

John Casey

Abstract

New Men examines the reentry into civilian life of Civil War soldiers and exposes a growing gap between how former soldiers saw themselves and the representations of them created by late-nineteenth-century American society. In the early years following the Civil War, the concept of the “veteran” functioned as a marker for what was assumed by soldiers and civilians alike to be a temporary social status that ended definitively with army demobilization and the successful attainment of civilian employment. Over time this term was reconstructed to represent a new identity distinct from that of the ... More

Keywords: Veteran, Civilian, Civil War, Reconstruction, Identity, Unwritten War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265398
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265398.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Casey, author
Undergraduate Studies, University of Illinois