Down Memory Lane: Nostalgia for the Old South in Post-Civil War Plantation Reminiscences

David Anderson

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    Abstract

    Nostalgia, as a form of memory, is an integral part of our everyday world; its presence is indisputable. But like memory, nostalgia is an evasive concept of often-ambiguous meanings. Perhaps we should begin by asking: What exactly is nostalgia? Or maybe the first question really should be: What exactly was nostalgia? Are we nostalgic for people, places, specific points in time, or simply the past as precedent? Questions of this sort invite historical study, but they have, at best, aroused only limited interest. Such a stance is curious given that a detailed examination of nostalgia could advance understanding of the history of memory and the ways individuals have used historical material to define and understand themselves, issues that have been the vanguard of recent research in southern history.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-136
    Number of pages32
    JournalJournal of Southern History
    Volume71
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

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