The Myth of Nathan Bedford Forrest

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
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In an era that produced Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest emerged as a legend in his own right a notorious character of mythic proportions even in his day. In the twenty-first century, his legacy continues to polarize the South: as a symbol of the Lost Cause and hero to working-class Southerners on one hand, and emblem of slavery and lingering racial tensions on the other. In this brisk and lively new book, Paul Ashdown and Edward Caudill explore the creation of this relentless Forrest myth. Scrutinizing literature, art, cinema and popular culture over the past 150 years, the authors contend that the legend is a creation of the nation's literature, its obsession with the Civil War, and its press. Enthralling and informative, this book will captivate readers with the enigma that was Nathan Bedford Forrest.
  

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Journalism professors Ashdown and Caudill, authors of The Mosby Myth, give an even-handed account of the life of the controversial Confederate cavalry leader, but the focus of this engaging monograph ... Read full review

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Was Nathan Bedford Forrest a masterful horseman, a common man who rose to wealth prior to the war through his own industry, an innovative Confederate military commander, and a hero of the Lost ... Read full review

Contents

DREAMS OF GLORY
1
A FUTURE FORETOLD
3
A RIVER OF BLOOD
29
THE COUNTRY OF THE DAMNED
53
MYTHMAKERS
69
FORREST AND THE PRESS
71
MONKEYS AND MANIFESTOES
103
HYDRA AND HERACLES
125
NO PEACE IN TENNESSEE
173
ONLY THE DEAD CAN RIDE
175
Bibliography
199
Index
211
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About the author (2005)

Paul Ashdown is professor of journalism and public relations and acting director of the School of Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Edward Caudill is professor of journalism as well as associate dean at the School of Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Their previous book, The Mosby Myth: A Confederate Hero in Life and Legend was a History Book Club selection.

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