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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”

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812049.003.0004

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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