'The Soldier's Faith': Turn-of-the-century Memory of the Civil War and the Emergence of Modern American Nationalism

@article{Pettegrew1996TheSF,
  title={'The Soldier's Faith': Turn-of-the-century Memory of the Civil War and the Emergence of Modern American Nationalism},
  author={John Pettegrew},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={1996},
  volume={31},
  pages={49 - 73}
}
  • J. Pettegrew
  • Published 1 January 1996
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Writing in 1910, in what would be one of his last published essays, philosopher and psychologist William James turned his considerable powers of observation to the heightened ’military feeling’ in modern America. While ’pugnacity’ and ’love of glory’ had been ’bred’ into ’our bone and marrow’ through centuries of war, James believed that the American psyche held a special, ’deeply-grounded’ affinity for battle through its generation-old memory of the Civil War. To be sure, the immense scale of… 
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