The Myth of Nathan Bedford Forrest

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
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Ashdown and Caudill explain how one of the Civil War's most colorful and controversial characters became a legend during the war and evolved into a mythical figure after the war and into the 21st century through literature, art, cinema, and TV. As Tony Horwitz discovered in Confederates in the Attic, the legacy of Nathan Bedford Forrest continues to polarize the South even today: 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.
 

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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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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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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.