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So Conceived and So DedicatedIntellectual Life in the Civil War Era North$
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Lorien Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264476

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264476.001.0001

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Historians and Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era

Historians and Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era

(p.1) Historians and Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era
So Conceived and So Dedicated

Lorien Foote

Fordham University Press

This essay provides a comprehensive historiography of the scholarly literature on intellectual life in the Civil War–Era North since the publication of George Fredrickson’s The Inner Civil War. It traces how historians have answered three overarching questions: the extent to which old modes of thought persisted or were transformed; whether the Civil War promoted new strains of authoritarianism in northern intellectual life or whether the war reinforced democratic individualism; how the Civil War affected northerners’ conception of nationalism and identity. The literature considered intersects with the fields of medicine, education, ethnicity, identity, nationalism, and religion.

Keywords:   Lorien Foote, George Fredrickson, Intellectual History, Historiography, Medical History, Nationalism, Education, Ethnicity, Identity, Religion

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