The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research

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Box office sales and television ratings reflect the continuing popular appeal of the Civil War. Interestingly, both a recent television series ( I'll Fly Away) and a motion picture ( Forrest Gump) featured characters named for Confederate cavalry general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Whether such references are accidental or deliberate, something about this war touches us and ensures that it will remain a part of our common cultural heritage.


Adams Michael C. C. "Seeking Glory: Our Continuing Involvement with the 54th Massachusetts." Studies in Popular Culture 14 ( 1992): 11-19.

Biggs Gregg. Review of the film The Horse Soldiers. Blue and Gray Magazine ( June 1993): 46.

Campbell Jr., Edward D. C. The Celluloid South: Hollywood and the Southern Myth. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1981. Campbell's and Kirby's works are the best narrative treatments of the South and cinema. Kirby takes a broader approach by including other media as well.

Carter Everett. "Cultural History Written with Lightning: The Significance of The Birth of a Nation (1915)." In Hollywood as Historian: American Film in a Cultural Context. Edited by Peter C. Rollins. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1983.

Cassidy John M. Civil War Cinema: A Pictorial History of Hollywood and the War between the States. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1986. The best study to examine the Civil War in film; contains a chapter on television as well.

French Warren, ed. The South and Film. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1981.

Jorgensen C. Peter. "Gettysburg: How a Prize-Winning Novel Became a Motion Picture." Civil War Times Illustrated 32 ( November-December 1993): 40-49, 92- 93, 113.

Kirby Jack Temple. Media-Made Dixie: The South in the American Imagination. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1978.

McFeely William S. "Notes on Seeing History: The Civil War Made Visible." Georgia Historical Quarterly 76 (Winter 1990): 666-671.

Sklar Robert. Movie-made America: A Cultural History of American Movies. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.

Spehr Paul C. The Civil War in Motion Pictures: A Bibliography of Films Produced in the United States since 1897. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1961. A useful reference source for earlier Civil War films.

Zebrowski Carl. "Remote History." Civil War Times Illustrated 33 ( March-April 1994): 44-47.


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