ERIC Number: EJ1083153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
(Dis) Union at 150: Collective Memories of Secession
Reich, Gabriel A.; Buffington, Melanie; Muth, William R.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v43 n4 p499-527 2015
This article reports on the results of an exploratory qualitative study of the collective memories of Secession held by a diverse group of university students (n = 54) at a large southern research institution. Participants completed a survey that asked them to produce a narrative of Secession as well as to rank a selection of heroes and provide an explanation for their ranking. We found that the majority of responses contained elements from different, and even opposing, collective-memory traditions, including the Lost Cause and freedom-quest narratives of the Civil War. The article explores the responses using a theoretical framework based on the socio-cultural theories of language and narrative developed by Bakhtin and Wertsch in light of historical work done on collective memory of the Civil War.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Memory, College Students, Student Surveys, United States History, War, Groups, Social Influences, Questionnaires, Prompting, Coding, Slavery, Social Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia