Although Maryland was never a part of the Confederacy during the war, the large number of southern sympathizers within the city allowed for the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to grow into a powerful organization. This thesis examines how the commemorative actions taken by the Maryland Division--and the UDC as a whole-- allowed women to gain more political and social power within their communities. The Baltimore Confederate Monument is a physical example of how the elite southern women of the Maryland Division commemorated the Confederate past and culture, particularly within a contested space. Despite being formally a part of the Union, Confederate women in Maryland continued to provide support for Confederate soldiers and to help memorialize the Confederate cause. As they worked to memorialize the "Lost Cause" and the Confederacy within their borders, the Maryland Division faced challenges both typical of their Southern peers as well as those unique to Maryland, given Maryland's position as a border state. In addition, this thesis specifically examines the Baltimore Confederacy Monument, both its design and how the city reacted to the monument. Both the statue and other memorialization efforts done by the Maryland Division allowed Confederate sympathizers within the state to work towards their ultimate goal of the vindication of Confederate culture.
|Advisor:||Rubin, Anne Sarah|
|Commitee:||McDonough, Susan, Meringolo, Denise|
|School:||University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Civil War, Commemoration, Confederate memory, Monuments|
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