Empire and liberty : the Civil War and the West / edited by Virginia Scharff, exhibition curated by Carolyn Brucken.

  • Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
  • ©2015
xv, 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm


West (U.S.)HistoryCivil War, 1861-1865 [Browse]
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"Empire and Liberty brings together two epic subjects in American history: the story of the struggle to end slavery that reached a violent climax in the Civil War, and the story of the westward expansion of the United States. Virginia Scharff and the contributors to this volume show how the West shaped the conflict over slavery, and how slavery shaped the West, in the process defining American ideals about freedom and influencing battles over race, property, and citizenship. This innovative work embraces East and West, as well as North and South, as the United States observes the 2015 sesquicentennial commemoration of the end of the Civil War. A companion volume to an Autry National Center exhibition on the Civil War and the West, Empire and Liberty brings leading historians together to examine artifacts, objects, and art that illuminate this period of national expansion, conflict, and catharsis"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The price of slavery across empire : family, community, and loss in Texas -- The Frémonts : agents of empire, legends of liberty -- Beecher's bibles and broadswords : paving the way for the Civil War in the West, 1854-1859 -- Liberty, empire, and Civil War in the American West -- When the stars fell from the sky : the Cherokee Nation and autonomy in the Civil War -- On the edge of empires, republics, and identities : de la Guerra's sword of the war and the California native cavalry -- John Gast's American Progress : using Manifest Destiny to forget the Civil War and Reconstruction -- Empire and liberty in the middle of nowhere -- The not-so-free labor in the American Southwest -- After Antietam : memory and memorabilia in the far west -- "You brought history alive for us" : reflections on the lives of nineteenth-century Diné women.
  • 9780520281264 (cloth)
  • 0520281268 (cloth)
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