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By Paul Quigley

among 1848 and 1865 white southerners felt the grounds of nationhood shift underneath their toes. The clash over slavery that ended in the Civil battle pressured them to confront the tricky difficulties of nationalism. What made a country a state? may well someone or a gaggle swap nationality at will? What have been the rights and obligations of nationwide citizenship? Why may still countries exist at all?

As they reflected those questions, white southerners drew on their lengthy adventure as american citizens and their wisdom of nationalism within the wider international. This was once actual of not only the unconventional secessionists who shattered the Union in 1861, but in addition of the average majority who struggled to stability their southern and American loyalties. As they meditated the altering importance of the Fourth of July, as they fused beliefs of masculinity and femininity with nationwide identification, they published the moving meanings of nationalism and citizenship. Southerners additionally regarded around the Atlantic, evaluating southern separatism with routine in Hungary and eire, and using the ecu version of romantic nationalism first to the USA and later to the Confederacy.

In the turmoil of conflict, the Confederacy's nationwide executive imposed new, stringent duties of citizenship, whereas the shared adventure of pain united many Confederates in a sacred nationwide group of sacrifice. For Unionists, die-hard Confederates, and the big majority torn among the 2, nationalism turned an more and more urgent challenge. In Shifting Grounds Paul Quigley brilliantly reinterprets southern conceptions of allegiance, id, and citizenship in the contexts of antebellum American nationwide identification and the transatlantic "Age of Nationalism," laying off new mild at the principles and motivations at the back of America's maximum conflict.

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