As this innovative study reveals, by examining the events of 3 July 1863 through the selective and evocative lens of 'memory' we can learn much about why Pickett's Charge endures so strongly in the American imagination.
Reardon shows that the story told today of Pickett's Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory.
The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past."A fresh look at the disastrous assault.--New Yorker"A splendidly lively study of the manipulation, not necessarily deliberate or malign, of public opinion.--Atlantic Monthly"Exceptionally lucid.
. Should win a wide audience among general readers.--Civil War HistoryAssessing the myths and facts surrounding Pickett's Charge, Carol Reardon explores why this event endures so strongly in the American imagination.
She demonstrates that the story told today of the charge is really an amalgam of history and memory and that the evolution of that mix tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past.