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Your Heritage Will Still RemainRacial Identity and Mississippi's Lost Cause$
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Michael J. Goleman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812049

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812049.001.0001

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“Like Patriots of Old”

“Like Patriots of Old”

(p.51) “Like Patriots of Old”
Your Heritage Will Still Remain

Michael J. Goleman

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how Mississippians constructed a Confederate social identity during the Civil War. White Mississippians retained portions of their “American-ness,” while adopting an identity loosely housed under the banner of Confederate nationalism, which was still decidedly American in character. The creation of a Confederate identity relied heavily on interactions with northerners and how Mississippians negatively labelled northerners with undesirable characteristics. At the same time, the beginnings of a black American identity started to emerge within the state as slaves took the opportunity to assert their freedom and claim their rights as citizens of the United States.

Keywords:   Confederate social identity, Civil War, Black American identity, Confederate nationalism, Black freedom

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