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Uncommonly SavageCivil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States$
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Paul D. Escott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049410

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049410.001.0001

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Ideology and Memory

Ideology and Memory

The Continuing Battles

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Uncommonly Savage

Paul D. Escott

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2, “ Ideology and Memory: The Continuing Battles,” focuses on the post-war history of ideology and memory. It examines how and why the ideological battles of civil war persist into later generations and how patterns of debate are affected by degrees of human determination or prejudices and by governmental structures or repression. For both countries it discusses honoring the dead, commemorations, ideology, and the role of institutions and generations. Dictatorial repression delayed debate in Spain, but eventually the generation of the nietos, or grandchildren, criticized “forgetting” or olvido in order to debate the issues of the war and open common graves, or fosas. In the United States northern indifference to racism allowed the South's Lost Cause ideology to triumph until the Civil Rights Movement. The chapter explains contrasting patterns of ideological influence in Spain and the United States.

Keywords:   Civil Rights Movememt, Commemorations, Fosas, Lost Cause, Nietos, Olvido

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