Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of the influence of identity in the development of the civil religion of the postbellum American South
by Finney, Elizabeth Eileen, M.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2009, 173; 1466713
Abstract (Summary)

The history of the American South has been influenced by the identity of Southerners in gendered, regional and racial terms. Their identity created a spiritual connection to the antebellum past that can be best described as "civil religion." Organizations like the United Daughters of the Confederacy worked to spread civil religion. Celebration rituals like Confederate Memorial Day were its visual incarnations.

Previous literature has addressed the prevalence of antebellum and Confederate nostalgia, yet has not done so in terms of the civil religious model. The role of identity as the primary motivating factor has received little mention. While the UDC and Confederate Memorial Day have been mentioned in a myriad of works, they have not received attention in the form of a case study to highlight the role of identity in Southern life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mutti-Burke, Diane
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, American history
Publication Number: 1466713
ISBN: 978-1-109-20291-5
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