05 December 2008

Civil War Forgetfulness

"New England had become a region whose history had been re-visioned by whites as a triumphant narrative of free, white labor. . . [this] narrative of a historically free, white New England also advanced antebellum New England nationalism by supporting the region's claims to a superior moral identity that could be contrasted effectively with the 'Jacobinism' of a slave-holding . . . South." ~ Joanne Pope Melish, Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and 'Race' in New England 1780-1860, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1998, pp. 222-223.

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