Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West by Virginia ScharffEmpire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West by Virginia Scharff

Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West

EditorVirginia Scharff

Hardcover | April 9, 2015

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Empire and Libertybrings together two epic subjects in American history: the story of the struggle to end slavery that reached a violent climax in the Civil War, and the story of the westward expansion of the United States. Virginia Scharff and the contributors to this volume show how the West shaped the conflict over slavery and how slavery shaped the West, in the process defining American ideals about freedom and influencing battles over race, property, and citizenship.

This innovative work embraces East and West, as well as North and South, as the United States observes the 2015 sesquicentennial commemoration of the end of the Civil War. A companion volume to an Autry National Center exhibition on the Civil War and the West,Empire and Libertybrings leading historians together to examine artifacts, objects, and artworks that illuminate this period of national expansion, conflict, and renewal.
Virginia Scharffis Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. She is the co-curator (with Carolyn Brucken) of the "Empire and Liberty" exhibition at the Autry National Center, where she serves as Women of the West Chair. Her previous works includeTwenty Thousand Road...
Title:Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the WestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:247 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:April 9, 2015Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520281268

ISBN - 13:9780520281264


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction - Virginia Scharff
1. The Price of Slavery across Empire: Family, Community, and Loss in Texas - Brenda E. Stevenson
2. The Frémonts: Agents of Empire, Legends of Liberty - John Mack Faragher
3. Beecher's Bibles and Broadswords: Paving the Way for the Civil War in the West, 1854-1859 - Jonathan Earle
4. Liberty, Empire, and Civil War in the American West - Durwood Ball
5. When the Stars Fell from the Sky: The Cherokee Nation and Autonomy in the Civil War - Kent Blansett
6. On the Edge of Empires, Republics, and Identities: De la Guerra's Sword of the War and the California Native Cavalry - Daniel Lynch
7. John Gast's American Progress: Using Manifest Destiny to Forget the Civil War and Reconstruction - Adam Arenson
8. Empire and Liberty in the Middle of Nowhere - Virginia Scharff
9. The Not-So-Free Labor in the American Southwest - Maria E. Montoya
10. After Antietam: Memory and Memorabilia in the Far West - William Deverell
11. "You Brought History Alive for Us": Reflections on the Lives of Nineteenth-Century Diné Women - Jennifer Denetdale

List of Contributors

Editorial Reviews

"A signal contribution to the understanding of some central themes in US history . . . An important model for a new, broader use of material objects in understanding the country's past."