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By Terry Wise

ISBN-10: 0850592585

ISBN-13: 9780850592580

Breech-loading rifles, machine-guns, railroads and the telegraph all contributed to make the yank Civil battle the 1st glossy conflict. The Airfix journal consultant 24: American Civil warfare Wargaming outlines the organization, guns, gear and services of the Federal and accomplice armies, then exhibits the way to increase miniature regiments and recreate the battles at the tabletop, utilizing the taking part in principles supplied.

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Other cultural historians have questioned the extent to which The Birth of a Nation was in itself responsible for the great Klan revivals of the early 1920s but, as Blight points out, it surely ‘reinvigorated direct-action resistance and inaugurated a new era of dissent in popular culture’ (Blight, 2001: 397). One signal event in that campaign of resistance was the black film-maker Emmett J. Scott’s EUP_Kaufman_03_Ch2 32 20/2/06, 9:26 am reunion and resistance 33 twelve-reel, three-hour rejoinder, The Birth of a Race (1918), which in the end could not compete with the promotion machine at Griffith’s disposal and which is still unavailable for commercial distribution (Snead, 1988: 17–18).

I’s so hongry! I’s gwine to meetin’ to see if she’s thar”’ (Pickard, 1856: 25–6). Paul Gilmore has argued that, to some degree, even narratives that were unquestionably written by the ex-slaves themselves might be knowingly infected with the germ of minstrelsy. In particular, Gilmore points to William Wells Brown’s deliberate utilisation of minstrel dialect and imagery in his writings: ‘Whether in narratives, lectures or fiction, professional fugitives were called upon to prove their authenticity by providing, as Frederick Douglass recalled his white supporters putting it, “a little plantation manner of speech”’ (Gilmore,1997: 744).

The Leopard’s Spots was followed by The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan (1905) and The Traitor: A Story of the Fall of the Invisible Empire (1907). As Dixon wrote, his object was ‘to teach the North … what it has never known – the awful suffering of the white man during the dreadful Reconstruction period … EUP_Kaufman_03_Ch2 28 20/2/06, 9:26 am reunion and resistance 29 [and] to demonstrate to the world that the white man must and shall be supreme’ (in Litwack, 1995: 138). Beginning with The Leopard’s Spots, which takes characters from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and situates them in a Southern white supremacist’s nightmare – a South ruled by black legislators – Dixon called for a return to an ‘aristocracy founded on brains, culture and blood’ to revive a South which ‘but for the Black curse … could be today a garden of the world’ (in Lang, 1994: 9).

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