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Commonwealth of Compromise: Civil War Commemoration in Missouri by Amy Laurel Fluker (review)

Commonwealth of Compromise: Civil War Commemoration in Missouri by Amy Laurel Fluker (review) leaders and nation-builders in their endeavors to fashion party ideology, exercise political skills, read public mood, and find the balance between partisan and national politics. Xi Wang xi wang, professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the author of The Trial of Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860–1910 (University of Georgia Press, 1997) and Principles and Compromises: The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution (Peking University Press, 2014). Commonwealth of Compromise: Civil War Commemoration in Missouri. By Amy Laurel Fluker. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2020. Pp. 288. Cloth, $35.00.) Amy Laurel Fluker’s Commonwealth of Compromise is an excellent con- tribution to the prolific recent scholarship on Civil War memory. Focusing on a border state whose moderate citizenry became sharply divided dur- ing the war, Fluker argues that Missouri’s history and unique wartime situation resulted in a distinctive commemorative tradition highlighted by pragmatic reconciliation. Readers will quickly note that Fluker explicitly steers away from the emphasis on irregular warfare that has dominated scholarship on the Civil War in Missouri over the past three decades. While not denying the importance of the guerrilla story, Fluker contends that the ongoing focus on it has led to an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Commonwealth of Compromise: Civil War Commemoration in Missouri by Amy Laurel Fluker (review)

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

leaders and nation-builders in their endeavors to fashion party ideology, exercise political skills, read public mood, and find the balance between partisan and national politics. Xi Wang xi wang, professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the author of The Trial of Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860–1910 (University of Georgia Press, 1997) and Principles and Compromises: The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution (Peking University Press, 2014). Commonwealth of Compromise: Civil War Commemoration in Missouri. By Amy Laurel Fluker. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2020. Pp. 288. Cloth, $35.00.) Amy Laurel Fluker’s Commonwealth of Compromise is an excellent con- tribution to the prolific recent scholarship on Civil War memory. Focusing on a border state whose moderate citizenry became sharply divided dur- ing the war, Fluker argues that Missouri’s history and unique wartime situation resulted in a distinctive commemorative tradition highlighted by pragmatic reconciliation. Readers will quickly note that Fluker explicitly steers away from the emphasis on irregular warfare that has dominated scholarship on the Civil War in Missouri over the past three decades. While not denying the importance of the guerrilla story, Fluker contends that the ongoing focus on it has led to an

Journal

The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 12, 2021

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