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America against Itself: The South, Slavery, and Dissociative National Identities

J. Gerald Kennedy

in Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780195393682
eISBN:
9780190490621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393682.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Slavery formed an egregious contradiction to myths of national virtue, creating a strange, split personality at the core of American identity. This split long manifested itself as sectional ... More


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